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Hurricanes rest three All Blacks for Stormers match, Jordie Barrett to start at second-five

The Hurricanes are set to rest three All Blacks players - TJ Perenara, Dane Coles and Ngani Laumape - for their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.

Jordie Barrett has been named at second-five due to the long injury list of midfield players.

His brother Beauden Barrett has been named as captain for the Super Rugby clash.

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree said resting Perenara, Coles and Laumape was a decision based on their heavy work load, having played five games already in the 2019 season.

"This is a very tough Stormers side that we are playing against in the weekend and it is just part of the All Blacks protocol around resting players after five games," said Plumtree.

"Jordie has been fantastic for us," he said, acknowledging that the team "certainly we had no plans for him to play in the midfield" prior to realising how many other players were injuried.

"At 12, he is going to get more possession and more opportunity to show his skillset," he added. "And certainly Jordie is physical enough to play in that position."

Richard Judd has been named to start at halfback with Ricky Riccitelli replacing Coles as starting hooker.

The Hurricanes drew with the Chiefs 23-23 in Hamilton during their last Super Rugby match last Friday.

Hurricanes team: Chase Tiatia, Wes Goosen, Matt Proctor, Jordie Barrett, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett (c), Richard Judd, Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita, Liam Mitchell, James Blackwell, Ben May, Ricky Riccitelli, Fraser Armstrong.

Reserves: James O'Reilly, Xavier Numia, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Isaia Walker-Leawere. Sam Henwood, Finlay Christie, Fletcher Smith, Danny Toala.

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TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape and Dane Coles have been left out of the Canes’ 23-man squad to play the Stormers in Wellington on Saturday. Source: 1 NEWS


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