The Hurricanes have named two first time starters and one debutant in their backline to face the Cheetahs in tomorrow morning's Super 14 clash, with Tamati Ellison, Conrad Smith, Jason Kawau, Hosea Gear and Jason Eaton all unavailable.
The Wellington centre Alapati Leuia makes his debut, while new Taranaki recruits first-five Aaron Cruden and winger Andre Taylor get their first selection in the starting `15.
The team is: John Schwalger, Andrew Hore (captain), Neemia Tialata, Bryn Evans, Michael Paterson. Victor Vito, Karl Lowe, Rodney So'oialo; Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden,David Smith, Ma'a Nonu. Alapati Leiua,. Andre Taylor, Cory Jane. Reserves: Dane Coles, Anthony Perenise, Jeremy Thrush, Scott Waldrom. Tyson Keats, Willie Ripia, Brett Mather.