Jordie Barrett back to the midfield for the Hurricanes' clash against the Waratahs
Head Coach Jason Holland has named his squad with few changes to the 23 that comfortably beat the Fijian Drua on Sunday.
The tight five remains largely unchanged, with the only change being the return of James Blackwell to the second row, following last week’s rest.
Following a series of strong outings off the bench, TK Howden will make a return to the number 6 jersey. Ardie Savea returns to captain his side after taking an enforced rest week, replacing last week’s number 8, Tyler Laubscher, who is out with a minor Injury following an impressive debut on Sunday.
After a solid performance last week, Aidan Morgan retains his starting spot at 10.
The return of Jordie Barrett sees a re-shuffle in the back line with Billy Proctor moving to the bench and Julian Savea slotting in at 14. Barrett will be partnered by the electric and ever-consistent, Bailyn Sullivan.
Josh Moorby starts again at fullback after last Sunday’s hat-trick performance.
Dane Coles and Owen Franks will bring significant experience from a combined 189 test matches to the Hurricanes when they come off the bench again on Saturday. Their presence in the Fijian Drua match brought a physical edge to the team and that will be no different this weekend.
The match will mark the 50th Super Rugby match the Hurricanes have played in Australia.
Hurricanes team to face the Waratahs:
1. Xavier Numia
2. Asafo Aumua
3. Tyrel Lomax
4. James Blackwell
5. Justin Sangster
6. TK Howden
7. Du’Plessis Kirifi
8. Ardie Savea [c]
9. Jamie Booth
10. Aidan Morgan
11. Salesi Rayasi
12. Jordie Barrett
13. Bailyn Sullivan
14. Julian Savea
15. Josh Moorby
16. Dane Coles
17. Tevita Mafileo
18. Owen Franks
19. Isaia Walker-Leawere
20. Caleb Delany
21. Cameron Roigard
22. Jackson Garden-Bachop
23. Billy Proctor
Unavailable due to All Blacks rest week: TJ Perenara
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