21 May 2017

Hurricanes leave Coles and Milner-Skudder at home

2:34 pm on 21 May 2017

The Hurricanes will leave injured All Blacks Dane Coles and Nehe Milner-Skudder at home while they travel to South Africa to face the Bulls.

Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes runs in a try.

Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes runs in a try. Photo: Photosport

Head coach Chris Boyd says the pair alongside centre Matt Proctor will stay in New Zealand to continue their respective recoveries.

Proctor and Coles are still working through concussion protocols while Milner Skudder is still out with e broken foot.

Boyd said one spot in the tour party had been left vacant for a 27th player to join the squad in Perth.

"The decision was made around those guys returning to play that to fly them to South Africa, which takes two or three days out of your training because of the acclimatisation and stuff, it would make more sense to take the existing group to play the Bulls.

"I suspect either Nehe or Matty Proctor or possibly someone else may well join us in Perth," Boyd said.

The Hurricanes play the Bulls, in Pretoria on Sunday, May 28 at 1:05am New Zealand time and the Force, in Perth on June 3, at 11:55pm New Zealand time.

The next home match is against the Chiefs on Friday, June 9.

The Hurricanes touring squad is:

Forwards: Ardie Savea, Ben May, Brad Shields, Callum Gibbins, Chris Eves, James Blackwell, James O'Reilly, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Leni Apisai, Loni Uhila, Mark Abbott, Reed Prinsep, Ricky Riccitelli, Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita. Backs: Beauden Barrett, Ben Lam, Cory Jane, Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea, Ngani Laumape, Otere Black, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, TJ Perenara, Vince Aso, Wes Goosen.