17 Apr 2013

Four changes to Hurricanes lineup

6:46 pm on 17 April 2013

Halfback TJ Perenara has been benched and Beauden Barrett is again at fullback for the Hurricanes for their Super Rugby clash with the Western Force in Wellington on Friday night.

Talked about as an exciting inside back combination at the start of the season, neither of the young players have dominated so far this season.

Chris Smylie gets his first start at halfback, while Tusi Pisi is at first five for the second week.

Hooker Dane Coles and lock Jeremy Thrush return to the starting lineup after injuries, while Jack Lam will make his first start at openside flanker, following an ACL reconstruction last year.

Ardie Savea's being rested, just two games into his Super Rugby career.

In the other change to the side that lost to the Blues last weekend, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen starts at tighthead prop.

Coach Mark Hammett says they can't rely on each of their players to be available for every game.

Lock Jason Eaton is also rested.