This weekend will take place the first day of the Super Rugby Aotearoa, the event that brings together New Zealand teams. In the early hours of Saturday Hurricanes and Blues will face off for the starting date of the tournament.
First, Hurricanes announced his team for the match, in which Ardie Savea will make his debut as captain, and at the same time, he will complete 100 games with the institution’s shirt. In addition, the presence of Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea, and Ngani Laumape.
For its part, Blues also confirmed the initial XV, cwith seven All Blacks players as starters. In the back line Caleb Clark and Mark Telea will be the wingers, while Rieko Ioane will be in midfield.
HURRICANES: 1. Fraser Armstrong, 2. Asafo Aumua, 3. Tyrel Lomax, 4. James Blackwell, 5. Scott Scrafton, 6. Vaea Fifita, 7. Ardie Savea (c), 8. Devan Flanders, 9. Jonathan Taumateine, 10. Jackson Garden-Bachpp, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Ngani Laumape, 13. Billy Proctor, 14. Wesley Goosen, 15. Jordie Barrett.
16. Ricky Riccietelli, 17. Xavier Numia, 18. Alex Fidow, 19. Reed Prinsep, 20. Kirifi, 21. Luke Campbell, 22. Peter Umaga-Jensen, 23. Salesi Rayasi.
BLUES: 1. James Lay, 2. Kurt Eklund, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Patrick Tuiplotu (c), 5. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papali, 8. Hoskins Sotut, 9. Sam Nock , 10 Otere Black, 11. Caleb Clarke, 12. Harry Plummer, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Mark Telea, 15. Stephen Perofeta.
Alternates: 16. Luter Tolai, 17. Karl Tu’Inukuafe, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Josh Goodhue, 20. Tom Robinson, 21. Adrian Choat, 22. Jonathan Rur, 23. Tanielu Tele’a.