Hurricanes head coach Jason Holland will make a couple of changes to his starting lineup after last weekend’s win against the Blues in Wellington to visit Crusaders, the Saturday from 4.05, live on ESPN Play and deferred Sunday, from 3pm, on ESPN 3.
In addition, left wing Ben Lam will play his 50th game for his team where he has played since 2017, and in that time, he scored 32 tries (160 points) for the Wellington-based team.
Co-captain Dane Coles will not be traveling with the squad due to a minor back ailment. It means Asafo Aumua takes over jersey number two, with Ricky Riccitelli on the bench.
The other modification is that of Wes Goosen, who beat Kobus van Wyk as the right wing. In the bank of replacements, Chase Tiatia, Tevita Mafileo and Vince Aso are added.
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen 12 Ngani Laumape 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Ardie Savea 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong
Substitutes: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Chase Tiatia
Place: Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: James Doleman
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Mike Fraser
TMO: Ben O’Keeffe