Hurricanes: Predicted line-up for round one

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Vaea Fifita, Du’Plessis Kirifi and Gareth Evans headline the Hurricanes loose forward trio in 2020, with Ardie Savea set to miss the start of the season, as he recovers from knee surgery. It’s a strong loose forward trio and throw Murphy Taramai and Reed Prinsep in the mix as well and the Hurricanes have themselves a handy line up of flankers. Dane Coles will co-captain the side with TJ Perenara, with the veteran All Blacks hooker set to have some healthy competition with Ricky Riccitelli and Asafo Aumua.

 

In the backs, it’s expected that Jordie Barrett will spend some time in the pivot role, replacing his older brother Beauden who’s made the well-documented move up north. Whilst Jordie has been named as a midfield back, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some more game time at 10. Aside from the first five-eighth position, the Hurricanes have maintained a consistent and exciting backline and we’re looking forward to watching the likes of Ngani Laumape and Chase Tiatia showcase their attacking flare again.

 

 

Hurricanes predicted team for round 1:

 

1. Xavier Numia
2. Dane Coles
3. Tyrel Lomax
4. James Blackwell
5. Isaia Walker-Leawere
6. Vaea Fifita
7. Du’Plessis Kirifi
8. Gareth Evans
9. TJ Perenara
10. Jordie Barrett
11. Wes Goosen
12. Ngani Laumape
13. Vince Aso
14. Ben Lam
15. Chase Tiatia
 

16. Asafo Aumua
17. Alex Fidow
18. Fraser Armstrong
19. Kane Leaupepe
20. Reed Prinsep
21. Jamie Booth
22. Jackson Garden-Bachop
23. Peter Umaga-Jensen

 

The Hurricanes kick off their season against the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday 2 February at 2.05am. Grab your Hurricanes season tickets HERE. 

 

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