Coles out for six weeks as Hurricanes make late change

Getty Images and James Mortimer     20 Apr 2013     Getty Images

Motu Matu’u, who was on the reserves bench, will step into the starting jersey. Ash Dixon will come on to the bench for the match with the Force.

Coles had a scan on his right eye yesterday, following a knock at training. The results of the scan have indicated he could be out of rugby for up to six weeks.

Hurricanes Head Coach Mark Hammett said:

“It’s disappointing for Colesy, but there is plenty more time in this competition. He is a positive guy and extremely hard-working. He can still do a heck of a lot for the team, even though he won’t be involved in contact sessions, and we will be making the most of his experience and contribution.”

The match tomorrow night against the Force is at Westpac Stadium with kick off at 7.35pm.

The amended time line-up is below:

1. Ben Franks
2. Motu Matu’u
3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. Mark Reddish
6. Brad Shields
7. Jack Lam
8. Faifili Levave
9. Chris Smylie
10. Tusi Pisi
11. Julian Savea
12. Tim Bateman
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14. Alapati Leiua
15. Beauden Barrett


16. Ash Dixon
17. Reggie Goodes
18. James Broadhurst
19. Karl Lowe
20. TJ Perenara
21. Reynold Lee-Lo
22. Andre Taylor