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Hurricanes named to face Highlanders

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hurricanes.co.nz and James Mortimer     05 Jul 2013     Getty Images

Experienced loose forward, Faifili Levave comes in at number 6 and winger Alapati Leiua returns to the right wing. On the bench, Jack Lam returns to the 22 after debuting for Samoa in the June break.

The Hurricanes will host the Highlanders this Saturday in their final home match of the year with a special deal on offer for families. Two adults and as many kids as they can manage will be able to head to the game for only $49.

These two sides have met each other 20 times since the competition began, with the Hurricanes achieving 12 wins and the Highlanders eight. Since 2007 though, there has never been more than a seven point margin in the score line.

The Hurricanes have made only two changes from the starting 15 that faced the Chiefs last Friday. Experienced loose forward, Faifili Levave comes in at number 6 and winger Alapati Leiua returns to the right wing.

On the bench, Jack Lam returns to the 22 after debuting for Samoa in the June break.

Players unavailable this week include Tim Bateman (knee), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (knee), Motu Matu’u (arm), Tusi Pisi (hand) and Ardie Savea (ankle).

This match at Westpac Stadium will kick off at 7.35pm.

The Hurricanes team is as follows:

1. Ben Franks
2. Ash Dixon
3. Ben May
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. James Broadhurst
6. Faifili Levave
7. Karl Lowe
8. Victor Vito
9. TJ Perenara
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Reynold Lee-Lo
13. Conrad Smith
14. Alapati Leiua
15. James Marshall

RESERVES

16. Reggie Goodes
17. John Schwalger
18. Mark Reddish
19. Brad Shields
20. Jack Lam
21. Chris Smylie
22. Matt Proctor