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Nonu to Start Against Bulls

  • Nonu to Start Against Bulls

Ma'a Nonu will make his long-awaited return to the Hurricanes against the Bulls in Pretoria this weekend.

The All Blacks midfielder finally returns after having played for the Blues and Highlanders for the last three seasons after being dumping by then coach Mark Hammett in 2011.

He will partner with captain and All Blacks teammate Conrad Smith in the midfield and played his 111th match for the franchise. 

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The inclusion of Nonu means it will be an all All Blacks backline this weekend with the exception of Jason Woodward at fullback.

In a surprise move, openside flanker Ardie Savea has been relegated to the bench after a strong showing last weekend against the Lions. He is replaced by Callum Gibbins.

Hurricanes: Jason Woodward, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (c), Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Callum Gibbins, Brad Shields, James Broadhurst, Mark Abbott, Ben Franks, Dane Coles, Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Brayden Mitchell, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Chris Eves, Ardie Savea, Victor Vito, Chris Smylie, James Marshall, Matt Proctor.

Bulls: Jesse Kriel, Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Handre Pollard, Piet van Zyl, Pierre Spies (c), Lappies Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield, Jacques du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Morne Mellet. Reserves: Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling, Grant Hattingh, Hanro Liebenberg, Rudy Paige, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Jurgen Visser, Dayan van der Westhuizen.

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