13 May 2010

Hurricanes het Smith back but still missing Vito

6:37 am on 13 May 2010

The Hurricanes will have their All Black centre Conrad Smith back for Friday night's must-win Super 14 rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney but not their loose forward star Victor Vito.

While Smith's over the concussion that kept him out of the home win over the Queensland Reds Vito's still recovering from the calf muscle injury that sidelined him in Wellington.

Coach Colin Cooper retains Michael Paterson at six, Karl Lowe at seven and Rodney So'oialo at eight.

Piri Weepu stays at half-back, although he limped out of training with an ankle injury andhas been bracketed with Tayson Keats, while John Schwalger comes in at loosehead prop, with Jacob Elllison moving to the bench.

Jason Kawau and Willie Ripia are bracketed as backline replacements.