Lam, who has been with the Hurricanes since 2017 and scored 32 tries (160 points) for the side, has signed with Bordeaux in the Top 14 for next season.
The rest of the starting XV remains largely unchanged, with the only exception being Wes Goosen who gets the nod ahead of Kobus Van Wyk.
Hurricanes: Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, TJ Perenara (c), Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Scott Scrafton, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong. Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Vaea Fifita, Jamie Booth, Vince Aso, Chase Tiatia.
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