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Tyrel Lomax returns for Hurricanes' semi-final against Chiefs

By Ned Lester
Justin Sangster of the Hurricanes celebrates with his team after scoring a try during the round six Super Rugby Pacific match between Highlanders and Hurricanes at Forsyth Barr Stadium, on March 30, 2024, in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

The Hurricanes have named their matchday 23 for the semi-final in Wellington, where they’ll face 2023 finalists the Chiefs.


The headlines from the squad naming are the return of All Black Tyrel Lomax, the absence of the injured Xavier Numia, the selection of Brad Shields over Devan Flanders and the return of Ruben Love.

On the bench, Hurricanes head coach Clark Laidlaw has again opted for a 6-2 bench split, with flanker Du’Plessis Kirifi set to don the No. 21 jersey.

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The coach said the decision was a reflection of the kind of challenge they’re expecting from the Chiefs.

“The Rebels really came out and took it to us with their physicality which is what we had expected,” Laidlaw stated. “We obviously have a lot of empathy toward their players, staff and fans. The Chiefs will provide another tough challenge for us, and one we are really excited for.”

With a crowd of 25,000 expected for the occasion, Laidlaw added the team were keen to represent the region.

“There’s a level of excitement in the group, another week for us to improve and grow together, and put out a performance for our fans, which we can all be proud of.


“The energy that our fans bring to Our House, gives the team that extra push, and we can feel the energy when we’re out there, representing you.”

The coach’s sentiment was echoed by Hurricanes CEO Avan Lee: “Saturday is going to be awesome. We will have a great crowd and an awesome game of rugby against the Chiefs. We encourage fans to get to the Stadium early, with gates opening at 2:30pm. There are plenty of food and beverage options, as well as activities to keep the fans entertained pre-match.”


Hurricanes team to face the Chiefs

  1. Pouri-Rakete-Stones
  2. Asafo Aumua
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Justin Sangster
  5. Isaia Walker-Leawere
  6. Brad Shields ©
  7. Peter Lakai
  8. Brayden Iose
  9. TJ Perenara
  10. Brett Cameron
  11. Salesi Rayasi
  12. Jordie Barrett
  13. Billy Proctor
  14. Josh Moorby
  15. Ruben Love


16. James O’Reilly
17. Tevita Mafileo
18. Pasilio Tosi
19. James Tucker
20. Devan Flanders
21. Du’Plessis Kirifi
22. Richard Judd
23. Bailyn Sullivan


Unavailable: Caleb Delany, Ben Grant, Xavier Numia, Cam Roigard

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Red and White Dynamight 34 days ago

Lomax absolutely destroyed the Boks in the Final. Must be close to no1 prop on the planet.

T-Bone 35 days ago

Good to hear
Hope he comes through ok

It’s one area of strength for the ABs with four powerful props so we have our own “bomb squad” - tipping my hat to the Boks 😄

I noticed in the World Cup with those guys coming on they got the better of Ox and Koch with the final scrum coming ever so close to a big call from the ref

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Mzilikazi 4 hours ago
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Nice article, Brett, and good to be writing about a second win. I think Georgia will be far more testing. Tbh, I have not looked at their touring squad, but at full strength they are a far better and more dangerous team than they were at RWC France. They would have been disappointed they did not perform to full potential there. I think that the WB’s under Joe Schmidt have started soundly. Recovery from a serious setback always takes time. And the Jones era was that and more. I think the arrival of Les Kiss back to his native Qld. is a very positive factor, and the fact that he and Schmidt know each other well is a help. Players I think are much improved this year: Daugunu, who has blossomed with the Rebels, so credit to the coaching unit down there. Am pleased he will come back to the Reds. McReight is said to have put on up to 7 kgs since last season. His work rate has always been good, but it is his carrying into contact that has gone up. Now makes those critical one or two metres post contact very often. Is conceding fewer penalties now as his game matures. Rob Valetini was good last year, but is now a greater force this one. A really punishing ball carrier. Hunter Paisami is now a more controlled player. His carrying into contact is very impressive for an 80 kg man. Interestingly, if you saw Nick Bishops latest article, he has a team for RC with Kerevi at 12. Also Skelton in the team. Not sure if there will be o’seas players as early as RC though….but need them in by the EYOT games.

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