– Victor Vito starts at eighth man.
– Karl Lowe returns at blind side flank.
– All Black Jason Eaton starts at lock.
– TJ Perenara returns to the starting side at no.9.
– Beauden Barrett shifts back to fly half.
– Andre Taylor moves to fullback.
– Matt Proctor replaces Julian Savea who is facing assault charges.
Mark Hammett said the following on Julian Savea,“Julian has made himself unavailable for the Stormers game this week before he re-joins the team next week. Julian has approached us on this decision and we agree.”
The Hurricanes host the Stormers on Friday in Palmerston North, KO 19:35 NZ (09:35 CAT, 08:35 BST)
1. Ben Franks ,2. Motu Matu’u,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. Matt Proctor,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor
Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Ben May,18. Mark Reddish,19. Faifili Levave,20. Ardie Savea,21. Chris Smylie,22. Tusi Pisi