Savea and Fifita to start for Hurricanes against Crusaders

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It’s the first live sporting event Wellington’s hosted since before the lockdown, and crowds are predicted to be in excess of 20,000.

The Hurricanes will be looking to bounce back from a 30 – 20 loss to the Blues at Eden Park a week ago.

Head coach, Jason Holland says the team has been working hard.

“It’s Important we perform better in some key areas of the game and we have worked hard during the week to improve.”

The shake-up to the starting XV comes within the forward pack. Lock Vaea Fifita gets the nod ahead of Scott Scrafton, whilst Ardie Savea will start at number eight for the first time since his knee surgery late last year.

The Crusaders are yet to play a game in the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

Holland says the team is excited to be hosting a derby at home in front of fans.

“We can’t wait to play at our home stadium and are excited to play again in front of our awesome fans. Performing in front of them is a big driver for us this week.”

The Hurricanes team set to face the Crusaders this Sunday at Sky Stadium is:

1             Fraser Armstrong            
2             Dane Coles [cc]
3             Tyrel Lomax       
4             James Blackwell
5             Vaea Fifita
6             Reed Prinsep    
7             Du’Plessis Kirifi 
8             Ardie Savea
9             TJ Perenara [cc]
10           Jackson Garden-Bachop
11           Ben Lam              
12           Ngani Laumape
13           Vince Aso           
14           Wes Goosen     
15           Chase Tiatia       

16.          Asafo Aumua    
17.          Ben May             
18.          Alex Fidow         
19.          Scott Scrafton   
20.          Gareth Evans    
21.          Jamie Booth      
22.          Billy Proctor       
23.          Kobus Van Wyk


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