23 Apr 2015

No rest for Canes' All Blacks

6:46 pm on 23 April 2015

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd won't be resting any All Blacks ahead of Sunday's clash with the Reds in Brisbane.

Boyd has kept the line-up almost identical to that which lost their first game of the season last week against the champion New South Wales Waratahs.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd Photo: Photosport

However, a calf injury to Nehe Milner-Skudder has left him out of selection contention, making way for James Marshall at fullback.

Matt Proctor also comes back into the starting line-up, with Cory Jane moving to the bench.

Victor Vito (calf), Dane Coles (elbow), and Blade Thomson (concussion) remain on the injury list.

First five Beauden Barrett needs two points to surpass David Holwell's record of 676 and become the Hurricanes' leading point scorer of all time.


1. Reggie Goodes

2. Motu Matu'u

3. Ben Franks

4. Jeremy Thrush

5. James Broadhurst

6. Callum Gibbins

7. Ardie Savea

8. Brad Shields

9. TJ Perenara

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Julian Savea

12. Ma'a Nonu

13. Conrad Smith

14. Matt Proctor

15. James Marshall


16. Brayden Mitchell

17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

18. Chris Eves

19. Mark Abbott

20. Adam Hill

21. Chris Smylie

22. Rey Lee-Lo

23. Cory Jane

Meanwhile, Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes for their ANZAC Day derby against the Blues on Saturday night at AMI Stadium.

Todd Blackadder (far right) with Matt Todd (L), Richie McCaw (C) and Ryan Crotty (R)

Todd Blackadder (far right) with his All Blacks Matt Todd (L), Richie McCaw (C) and Ryan Crotty (R) Photo: Photosport

Ryan Crotty's recovered from his head knock and will start at centre, while Mitchell Drummond is the halfback with Andy Ellis and Kieron Fonotia moving into the reserves.

In the forward pack, Codie Taylor starts at hooker this week, while Owen Franks is the tighthead prop, with Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala shifting onto the bench.

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan's resting his captain Jerome Kaino this week, while fellow All Blacks Charles Piutau and James Parsons, who have played every game so far this season, have also been given a week off.

The pressure only keeps increasing on Blues coach Sir John Kirwan

Sir John Kirwan's resting Jerome Kaino this week Photo: Photosport

Hooker Keven Mealamu captains the side, while fellow All Black forward Steven Luatua returns at No.8 after his week off.

Northland hooker Matt Moulds has been named on the bench and is in line for his Super Rugby debut.