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Hurricanes welcome back All Blacks hooker for Sharks clash

Dane Coles (Gallo)
Dane Coles (Gallo)

Cape Town - All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been named in the Hurricanes' 23-man squad set to take on the Sharks in Wellington on Saturday.

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Kick-off is scheduled for 08:05 (SA time).

Coles, who returns from injury, will start the game on the bench but says he's excited at the potential of getting in some game time.

"It's been a while, but I'm feeling in good nick. I have been working hard to get back out there and I'm looking forward to having a run," he told the Hurricanes' official website.

All Blacks scrumhalf TJ Perenara will captain the Hurricanes side, which remains largely unchanged from the one which beat the Jaguares 26-23 in Buenos Aires.

Vince Aso will replace Billy Proctor at outside centre, while Scott Scrafton makes a return to the forward pack. In the loose forwards, Reed Prinsep will start at No 8 with Gareth Evans moving to openside, while Vaea Fifita makes his first start of the season.

Jackson Garden-Bachop gets his second start in a row at flyhalf with Fletcher Smith back on the bench.

Head coach Jason Holland says it's a competitive environment in the team.

"We have an excellent squad. Whoever gets their opportunity this week needs to take it as there are a lot of boys lining up to get a crack."

The Sharks have scored more tries against the Hurricanes than any other South African side.

In a match up last year, the Hurricanes walked away with a 30-17 win - but Holland says it's always a tough encounter.

"The Sharks are a physical side with a big kicking game - not too dissimilar from the style the Springboks adopted to win the World Cup. They've got a back three who will take opportunities we give them."

Teams:

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor

Sharks

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