Hurricanes bring back big dogs for toughest Trans-Tasman battle to date
Hurricanes head coach Jason Holland said Savea’s return was another boost for a squad that continues to make progress.
“We’ve taken a lot of confidence out of the three wins we’ve had so far but we are very focused on what we need to do to reach our collective goals,” he said.
“While we’re in a really good position on the table we know there are massive challenges ahead and the Brumbies at home is right up there.”
Holland has made a number of changes to the starting XV, with Dane Coles returning to add to the experience in the pack.
Exciting young playmaker Ruben Love has fully recovered from his injury to wear the No 10 jersey.
“We are really excited with the line-up we are able to put out and that’s a reflection of the work the whole squad has put in and the competition we have for places at the moment,” Holland added.
Kick-off in Canberra is at 7:45pm AEST on Saturday.
Hurricanes: Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea, Billy Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Salesi Rayasi, Ruben Love, Luke Campbell, Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Devan Flanders, Scott Scrafton, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Dane Coles, Xavier Numia. Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Alex Fidow, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Brayden Iose, Gareth Evans, Cam Roigard, Wes Goosen.
– Hurricanes Rugby
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