Kirifi was penalised in the 67th minute for foul play which denied Ardie Savea a try, but the Canes powered on to win 20-19 over the Waratahs.
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All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara has been named as captain for the Hurricanes' clash against the Waratahs.
Nonu, 36, didn't miss a beat for the Blues as they edged the Hurricanes 38-31 in Mangatainoka.
The 25-year-old said family played a big part in choosing to stay in NZ until the end of 2021.
Kirifi will link up with former Francis Douglas Memorial College class-mate Jordie Barrett.
Rayasi and former Highlanders first-five Fletcher Smith are eager to show their worth when the squad assembles next month.
The former All Blacks skipper says the Crusaders will have to limit their error count against the Canes if they want to win back-to-back titles.