Rugby Union 3 years ago

Dane Coles to captain against Force

  • Dane Coles to captain against Force

Hooker Dane Coles will captain the Hurricanes for the first time in the absence of regular captain Conrad Smith who is being rested for the match.

Ray Lee-Lo takes over from Smith at centre and it is not the only change to the side which beat the Lions and Bulls in South Africa. 

Coach Chris Boyd has also given halfback Chris Smylie a start in place of All Black TJ Perenara while James Marshall will start at fullback in place of Jason Woodward.

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In the pack Victor Vito makes his first start of the season at number 8 and Ardie Savea comes back onto the side of the scrum in place of Callum Gibbins.

The five changes are a risk for Boyd with the Force a tough side to topple on their home patch.

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

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