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Hurricanes prepare for tough welcome to the Republic

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hurricanes.co.nz and James Mortimer     03 May 2013     Getty Images

This will be the Canes’ second of a three week run against South African conference sides. The team will face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein the following week before heading back to New Zealand.

Three changes have been made to the starting line-up from last week’s match against the Stormers. Ash Dixon will make his first Investec Super Rugby start coming in for the injured Motu Matu’u at hooker. Tusi Pisi will run out at second five-eighth and Julian Savea returns to the wing.

The Hurricanes will continue a 5/2 split on the bench this weekend. The changes include the return of both Reggie Goodes and Jack Lam to the 22, and Tim Bateman on the bench swapping with Pisi.

Kick off this Sunday is at 5.10am in New Zealand. Locally the match kicks off on Saturday evening at 7.10pm.

The Hurricanes team is as follows:

1. Ben Franks
2. Ash Dixon
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. Julian Savea
12. Tusi Pisi
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14. Alapati Leiua
15. Andre Taylor

RESERVES

16. Reggie Goodes
17. Ben May
18. Mark Reddish
19. Faifili Levave
20. Jack Lam
21. Chris Smylie
22. Tim Bateman