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Hurricanes welcome back some heavy artillery

Getty Images and James Mortimer     25 Apr 2013     Getty Images

That number is well ahead of where the match was two years ago in pre-sale figures. The clock tower has turned yellow and there will be a Hurricanes Fan Zone in the Square from 4-5pm this afternoon when the team arrive in town.

The team last played at FMG Stadium in 2011, when they won over the Force 34-28.

Looking at this week’s line-up, the changes include the return of Jason Eaton, Karl Lowe, Victor Vito and TJ Perenara to the starting 15. Beauden Barrett moves back into first five-eighth with Andre Taylor comes in at fullback. Matt Proctor gets his first start on the wing.

Mark Hammett said the following on Julian Savea: “Julian has made himself unavailable for the Stormers game this week before he re-joins the team next week. Julian has approached us on this decision and we agree.”

Kick off this Friday is 7.35pm at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North.

The Hurricanes team is as follows:

1. Ben Franks
2. Motu Matu’u
3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. Jason Eaton
6. Brad Shields
7. Karl Lowe
8. Victor Vito
9. TJ Perenara
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Matt Proctor
12. Tim Bateman
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14. Alapati Leiua
15. Andre Taylor


16. Ash Dixon
17. Ben May
18. Mark Reddish
19. Faifili Levave
20. Ardie Savea
21. Chris Smylie
22. Tusi Pisi