Tough hooker to lead Hur­ri­canes

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Dane Coles will lead the Hur­ri­canes out against the High­landers to­mor­row night. The hooker and cap­tain has been bat­tling con­cus­sion symp­toms since suf­fer­ing a head knock in the team’s win over the Reds on May 14. But he has now passed the req­ui­site tests, which will be a huge boost to the team. Lock Michael Fa­tialofa is over his own con­cus­sion prob­lems and will start in the sec­ond on row, along­side Blade Thom­son. The lat­ter was at No.8 for the team’s 29-14 vic­tory against the Reds, but has made way for Vic­tor Vito who is one of five play­ers re­in­stated to the side. Vito, Ardie and Ju­lian Savea, Cory Jane and Chris Eves were all not con­sid­ered for the Reds game af­ter miss­ing a cur­few in Dur­ban the pre­vi­ous week. “This was a very tough team to se­lect,” Hur­ri­canes head coach Chris Boyd said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are fit and in form at the mo­ment, which is great, but makes things tough for the coaches when it comes to nam­ing the team.” Eves will be one of the two re­serve props, while Ardie Savea starts at open­side flanker and Ju­lian Savea and Jane are on the wings. Win­ning this match is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal to the Hur­ri­canes’ Su­per Rugby play­off hopes and it’s ex­pected that the team will play ac­cord­ingly. Do­min­ion Post Feed­back: leonec@fi­

Dane Coles .

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