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Four to debut for Hurricanes

Super Rugby News
Friday, February 21, 2014

The Hurricanes have named their team for their Super Rugby season opener against the Sharks in Durban tomorrow with four players set to make their starting debut.

While Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has named four players to make their starting debuts he has also named two more to make their debuts off the bench.

New recruits Hadleigh Parkes, Mark Abbott and Marty Banks have been named in the Hurricanes' starting XV, while Blade Thomson, who already has one Super Rugby cap, will be given his first start.

Forwards Chris Eves and Adam Hill will also gain Super Rugby caps, if they are given time off the bench this weekend.

Captained by an experienced Conrad Smith, Mark Hammett's starting line-up features nine All Blacks and two Samoan internationals.

Hurricanes

1. Ben Franks, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Mark Abbott,6. Faifili Levave, 7. Jack Lam, 8. Blade Thomson, 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 13. Conrad Smith (c), 14. Cory Jane, 15. Marty Banks

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Chris Eves, 18. John Schwalger, 19. Mark Reddish, 20. Adam Hill, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Alapati Leiua, 23. James Marshall