Barrett to bring up his 50th game for Hurricanes

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Barrett said it was always a proud moment to run out in the Hurricanes jersey, but there would be an extra sense of pride when he takes the field this Saturday.

“I grew up watching this team - I watched my dad be a part of it - so to reach 50 games for the Canes is a pretty special moment for me,” he said.

Coach Mark Hammett has again named a similar side to that which has played the bulk of the season, with the only changes injury-related.

Matt Proctor will start at fullback in place of Andre Taylor, while Ben Franks’ groin injury is still being monitored. Replacement hookers Ash Dixon and Motu Matu’u are also both in question. Reggie Goodes is the first choice to cover the possibility of both Franks and the hookers being unavailable, with Mike Kainga and Brendon Edmonds named as back up if required.

The team to face the Blues at Eden Park, kick-off 7.35pm is;

1. Ben Franks/Reggie Goodes
2. Dane Coles
3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. James Broadhurst
6. Faifili Levave
7. Jack Lam
8. Victor Vito
9. TJ Perenara
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Alapati Leiua
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14. Cory Jane
15. Matt Proctor


16. Ash Dixon/Motu Matu’u/Goodes/Mike Kainga
17. Chris Eves
18. Reggie Goodes/Brendon Edmonds
19. Brad Shields
20. Ardie Savea
21. Chris Smylie
22. Tim Bateman
23. James Marshall