13 Jul 2017

Canes call in the cavalry

12:57 pm on 13 July 2017

The Hurricanes have named their strongest possible line-up to play the Super Rugby competition leaders Crusaders in Wellington on Saturday.

Hurricanes first-five Beauden Barrett in action during the Super Rugby match between Hurricanes v Waratahs.

Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

All Blacks TJ Perenara, the Barrett brothers Beauden and Jordie, the Savea brothers Ardie and Julian and midfielder Ngani Laumape all return following the British and Irish Lions series.

The defending champions need to beat the unbeaten Crusaders to avoid heading to South Africa for the first round of the playoffs next week.

Perenara replaces Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi at halfback and reclaims the captaincy from Brad Shields, Barrett slots back into the No.10 jersey for Otere Black, while Ardie Savea takes over at openside from Callum Gibbins.

Black drops out of the match day 23 meaning Jordie Barrett will again provide cover at first five for his older brother.

The Hurricanes Team to play the Crusaders at Westpac Stadium is:

15 Jordie Barrett

14 Nehe Milner-Skudder

13 Vince Aso

12 Ngani Laumape

11 Julian Savea

10 Beauden Barrett

9 TJ Perenara (c)

8 Brad Shields

7 Ardie Savea

6 Vaea Fifita

5 Sam Lousi

4 Mark Abbott

3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen

2 Ricky Riccitelli

1 Ben May


16 James O'Reilly

17 Chris Eves

18 Loni Uhila

19 Reed Prinsep

20 Callum Gibbins

21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

22 Wes Goosen

23 Cory Jane