Record-breaking Hurricanes striker, Beauden Barrett, is part of the line-up of front-line players who will return to the starting lineup for the Super Rugby against the Chiefs in Wellington. Hurricanes are looking for their best possible squad for this year’s World Cup. For live action, you can buy Rugby World Cup Tickets online.
Barrett, along with his younger brother Jordie and striker Ardie Savea, missed last week’s 29-23 win against the Sunwolves in Tokyo. However, they were all named to face their New Zealand squad.
The trio is one of five changes made by Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree to the run-on side.
The other players are in front where Asafo Aumua starts at the heel while the lock Kane La’aupepe returns after missing the game against the Sunwolves due to illness.
Jordie Barrett will start at the back guard with Chase Tiatia in the wing instead of Ben Lam, slightly injured in the leg in Japan. The absence of Lam also saw a change on the bench, specialized wing Salesi Rayasi named in the reserve.
Plumtree said it was up to the team to improve some aspects of their game as they faced another tough New Zealand derby.
“We know the character the team shows us every week and we know we can improve and we will have to be against the Chiefs,” he said.
“The team is really looking forward to returning to Our House at Westpac Stadium after a few weeks and we want to organize a performance that we and our fans are proud of.”
Asafo Aura, Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Ben May, Chase Tiatia, Fraser Armstrong.Jordie Barrett, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, TJ Perenara (c), Reed PrinsepVaea Fifita, Kane Leaupepe, James Blackwell, Wes Goosen, Ricky Riccitelli, Xavier Numia, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Walker-Leawere Isaia, Sam Henwood, Richard Judd, Marshall James, Salesi Rayasi.
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