This Sunday, Hurricanes and Highlanders will close date 5 of the Super Rugby Aotearoa, in a duel that can be enjoyed at 0.35 (Argentine time) live on ESPN Play and at 11, delayed by ESPN 3.
In the final hours, John Plumtree confirmed the team with which Hurricanes will seek to secure their second victory in the New Zealand competition with Wellington, having outscored the Chiefs 25-18 last date.
Among the four players who will not be in the starting lineup due to minor injuries, the absence of the hooker and benchmark Dane Coles stands out. For the same reason, those who started last week but will not be at Sky Stadium are Fraser Armstrong and Reed Prinsep.
Their respective replacements will be Asafo Aumua and Ben May in the first line, and Devan Flanders in the second. But there will also be modifications between the backs: Fletcher Smith will replace Jackson Garden-Bachop with number 10, while Vince Aso will do the same with number 13, taking the place of Peter Umaga-Jensen.
A fact not less is that, at the Sky Stadium, Hurricanes won the last four games he played.
Hurricanes: 1 Ben May, 2 Asafo Aumua, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 4 James Blackwell, 5 Scott Scrafton, 6 Devan Flanders, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 8 Ardie Savea, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 10 Fletcher Smith, 11 Ben Lam, 12 Ngani Laumape, 13 Vince Aso, 14 Kobus Van Wyk, 15 Jordie Barrett.
Substitutes: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen.
Stadium: Sky Stadium, Wellington.
Referee: Brendon Pickerill.
Assistants: James Doleman and Ben O’Keeffe.
TMO: Mike Fraser.