Cape Town - Cory Jane, Victor Vito, Chris Eves plus Julian
and Ardie Savea have all been dropped by the Hurricanes after missing a curfew
last week in South Africa.
Wellington wing Wes Goosen has been named to make his Super
Rugby debut against the Reds in a Hurricanes team missing five players who have
been stood down for breaching team protocols.
Goosen, 20, takes over on the left wing from Julian Savea in
one of five changes to the team that ran out against the Sharks in Durban.
Jason Woodward comes into the starting XV on the right wing
for Cory Jane, Matt Proctor returns at centre, Blade Thomson replaces Victor
Vito at No 8 and Callum Gibbins takes over at openside from Ardie Savea.
Julian Savea, Jane, Vito, Ardie Savea, and reserve prop
Eves, were not considered for selection against the Reds after breaking the
team's self-imposed curfew.
The five players were late back to the team hotel on the
Tuesday night before the side played the Sharks and have been stood down for
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said the players had made a poor
decision and the matter had been dealt with internally.
"Though some people may not see staying out late as
being particularly serious, the team set their standards very high this year
and everyone bought into that at the start of the season," said Boyd.
"We have a great bunch of guys in the squad and this
was an isolated incident, but there are certain lines in the sand and when
those lines are crossed there are consequences.
"The players involved know they made a mistake and I'm
pretty confident they will be motivated to make up for that when they become
available for selection again next week."
Boyd said he had full confidence in the team named to play
He explained: "We are looking forward to seeing Wes
Goosen make his Hurricanes debut. He's been knocking on the door since the
pre-season and now he gets his chance. That's what Super Rugby is all
South African-born Goosen, a former New Zealand secondary
schools representative out of Wellington College, has impressed for the
Wellington Lions over the past two seasons both on the wing and at centre.
He will play outside Proctor, who was a late withdrawal due
to illness in Durban where he was replaced in the starting team against the
Sharks by Ngani Laumape.
Laumape drops back to the reserves against the Reds where
there is a further three changes.
Loni Uhila takes Eves spot as the reserve loose head prop,
while Hawke's Bay loose forward Tony Lamborn comes into the 23 along with
Taranaki's Te Toirora Tahuriorangi, who replaces Jamison Gibson-Park as the
15 James Marshall, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Matt Proctor, 12
Vince Aso, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7
Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery
Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reg Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19
Mark Abbott, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23
15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell
Magnay, 12 Anthony Fainga’a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8
Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3
Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa’agase, 18 Sam Talakai,
19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23