Barrett sits out Jaguares clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree has made just two changes to the starting XV to face the Jaguares in the Round 14 Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium on Friday.
The experienced James Marshall will start at flyhalf in the absence of Beauden Barrett who is on the second of his All Black rest weeks while Du’Plessis Kirifi will start at openside flank.
Marshall, who will make his 49th appearance for the Hurricanes, has impressed off the bench after returning from the shoulder injury he suffered in Round One and gives the side maturity in a pivotal position.
Kirifi’s inclusion sees Ardie Savea move to No.8 with Reed Prinsep unavailable after he suffered a bad cut to his face in the Hurricanes 22-12 win over the Blues last round.
There are four changes to the bench from last week with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis providing loose forward cover, prop Chris Eves replaces an injured Fraser Armstrong while Fletcher Smith and Salesi Rayasi come into the matchday squad.
— Hurricanes Rugby (@Hurricanesrugby) May 15, 2019
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Salesi Rayasi.
Date: Friday, May 17
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (04.35 Argentina time; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser, Paul Williams
TMO: Aaron Paterson