On Saturday at 4.05 a.m., Beauden Barrett will face his brother Jordie, in the game that will star Blues and Hurricanes, and that can be enjoyed live on ESPN Play or delayed on Sunday from 11, on ESPN 3.
It will be the start of the second round of the tournament, date 6, and the second duel between these two teams that opened the tournament just over a month ago. On that occasion, Jordie was absent due to injury and that is why the duel between brothers had to wait. But now, both are confirmed as starters and with the 15 on their backs, despite multiple speculations that placed Beauden again with the 10 after the adjusted defeat with Crusaders.
Blues will have three changes: Kurt Eklund enters as a hooker instead of Parsons, Aaron Carroll will occupy the third line instead of Sotutu and Wmoni Narawa enters for Caleb Clarke. The return of Dan Carter, scheduled for the bench of substitutes in this match, was delayed by a discomfort in the calf.
On the Hurricanes side, the main novelty is the return of the hooker Dane Coles. In addition, they will have two other changes: Jackson Garden-Bachop recovers 10 instead of Fletcher Smith and Peter Umaga-Jensen returns as center.
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (cc), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (cc), 1 Ben May
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen
Blues: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Harry Plummer, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Aaron Carroll, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c ), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Alex Hodgman
Substitutes: 16 Tolai Luteru, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 TJ Faiane, 23 Matt Duffie