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    Hurricanes show hand for Crusaders trip

    2017-05-11 09:16

    Cape Town - Canterbury flank Reed Prinsep has been called up to the Hurricanes starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch.

    Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

    Prinsep, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders last year, will start at blindside flank against his former team with Brad Shields shifting to No 8 for the first time this season.

    There is one other change to the side that started against the Stormers in Wellington last Friday with loosehead prop Chris Eves switching roles with Ben May, who takes his place among the reserves.

    Prinsep's elevation to the run-on team represents his fourth start of 2017, but first in the number six jersey, and means Ardie Savea returns to openside flank in a new look loose trio.

    Prinsep played a single match for the Crusaders - against the Chiefs - last season before being signed by the Hurricanes.

    There are a further three personnel changes in the reserves where prop Loni Uhila returns after an eight week, six-match absence caused by a persistent calf injury.

    Uhila's only other appearance this season was during the Round 3 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton where he lasted only a few minutes before re-injuring the calf that had kept him out of the opening two rounds.

    Uhila's return sees Mike Kainga drop out of the matchday 23, while lock Sam Lousi returns in place of James Blackwell, and Wes Goosen takes over from Ben Lam as the outside back cover.

    Finally, Taranaki loose forward Toa Halafihi comes into the squad for Callum Gibbins who was unavailable for selection after injuring his shoulder against the Stormers.

    Saturday's match will be the 30th time the Hurricanes have played the Crusaders, who hold a 17-10 advantage in the rivalry, with two draws.

    However, the Hurricanes have enjoyed an edge in recent seasons, winning four of the last five matches between the clubs, the last being a 35-10 victory in Christchurch last year.

    The Hurricanes have won eight of nine matches to sit third on the New Zealand Conference ladder behind the conference leading Crusaders, who are unbeaten through 10 matches this season, and the Chiefs.

    Teams:

    Crusaders

    15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

    Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele

    Hurricanes

    15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves

    Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ben May, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen

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