5 Apr 2017

Savea brothers missing in action for the Hurricanes

12:11 pm on 5 April 2017

The Savea brothers Julian and Ardie wil both miss the Hurricanes super rugby match against the New South Warathas in Wellington on Friday night.

Having played all five matches so far coach Chris Boyd has decided to rest Julian replacing him on the left wing with Wes Goosen, who gets his first start of the year.

Loose forwards Reed Prinsep moves off the reserves bench to start at number eight with All Black loose forward Ardie Savea out with a calf strain.

Hurricanes players Ardie Savea, left, Cory Jane, middle, and Jules Savea, right.

The Savea brothers, Ardie (left) and Julian (right) are out but Cory Jane (centre) is back on the wing. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Former All Black Cory Jane will finally make his first appearance of the season having been named on the right wing in place of the competition's leading try scorer Vince Aso who is also being rested.

Jane has missed the side's opening games after suffering suffering a neck injury in a pre-season match against the Sunwolves in Japan.

All Black players Julian and Ardie Savea.

Julian and Ardie Savea will miss the Hurricanes match against the Waratahs. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

All up there are four changes to the side which beat the Queensland Reds in Brisbane last round.

Loose forwards Reed Prinsep moves off the reserves bench to start at number eight with All Black loose forward Ardie Savea out with a calf strain.

Another to get his first start of the season is prop Ben May who repalces loose head prop Chris Eves.

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles remains unavailable having still not recovered from a knee injury.

Halfback TJ Perenara will again lead the side.

A reshuffled bench features the return of Vaea Fifita, who suffered an ankle injury during the Brisbane Tens seven weeks ago, and the appearance of Taranaki loose forward Toa Halafihi, who is set for his Super Rugby debut.

Fifita takes Sam Lousi's place as lock cover, while Aso drops into the reserves as the utility back cover in place of Pita Ahki, who made his Hurricanes debut against the Reds.

Boyd said the changes reflected a number of factors.

"If you look at Julian and Vince, they've both started all five matches so far, so it's a chance for them to freshen up, but equally it gives Cory and Wes an opportunity.

"At the end of the day we have faith in the depth in our squad, so whoever runs out there we're confident they'll do the job. It's a long season and you need to utilize your whole squad."

The Hurricanes and Waratahs have played each other 21 times since Super Rugby began with the New Zealanders holding an 11-10 win-loss advantage.

When the sides played in 2016, the Hurricanes won 28-17 win in Sydney, while the Waratahs won on their last visit to Wellington in 2015, 29-24.