Super Rugby

Stormers' chances boosted as Hurricanes rest key stars

Cape Town - Three of the Hurricanes’ star All Blacks will miss the clash against the Stormers in Wellington on Saturday due to New Zealand Rugby’s resting policy.

Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.

Jordie Barrett, who is usually to be found at fullback or on the wing, will start at inside centre, while Ngani Laumape, who has been one of the Hurricanes’ key players in the early rounds, has been left out of the match-day 23-man squad.

In addition, All Blacks stars Dane Coles (hooker) and TJ Perenara (scrumhalf) will also be rested. Ricky Riccitelli and little-known Richard Judd will fill their boots, respectively.

Other changes see Ben Lam starting on the left wing, Ardie Savea shifting from No 8 to openside flank and Vaea Fifita moving from lock to blindside flank.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett will lead the side.

Teams:

Hurricanes

15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett (captain), 9 Richard Judd, 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Substitutes: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Danny Toala

Stormers

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chrisvan Zyl, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Dan du Plessis, 23 Damian Willemse

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