4 Apr 2012

Vito out again for the Hurricanes

12:21 pm on 4 April 2012

For the second week in a row the All Black Victor Vito's been forced to withdraw from the Hurricanes' starting lineup.

Vito missed last week's loss to the South African side the Cheetahs with a calf strain but had been named to start in Friday night's game in New Plymouth against another South African side, the Sharks.

However the injury flared up again at training Wednesday and Vitor has pulled out.

He'll be replaced by Jack Lam at blindside flanker.

The coach Mark Hammett made three other changes, with lock Jason Eaton returning from injury, while prop Ben May and second five Tim Bateman return after being rested.

The Samoan first five Tusi Pisi is set for his first action for the side after being named on the bench.