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Hore to tackle Bulls
Andrew Hore will make his first start for nearly five months against the Bulls in Wellington on Friday.
The Hurricanes hooker, who came off the bench against the Cheetahs two weeks ago, last started for the All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup Test in Hong Kong. He injured his ankle in that game and had to have surgery.
Hore is one of three changes to the Canes’ starting XV. John Schwalger comes off the bench to start at loosehead prop, with All Black Neemia Tialata moving to tighthead and Tim Fairbrother dropping out of the 22.
Lock Jason Eaton is in doubt and has been bracketed with Bryn Evans.
Hurricanes – Tamati Ellison, Zac Guildford, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Hosea Gear, Piri Weepu, Alby Mathewson, Rodney So’oialo, Scott Waldrom, Karl Lowe, Jason Eaton/Bryn Evans, Jeremy Thrush, Neemia Tialata, Andrew Hore, John Schwalger.
Subs: Dane Coles, Jacob Ellison, Evans/Api Naikatini, Faifili Levave, Willie Ripia, Jason Kawau, David Smith.
Thomson warns Cheetahs
Highlanders flank Adam Thomson is bemused to hear that the bottom-of-the-log Cheetahs have targeted his side as one they can beat.
“We’ve heard through the grapevine that the Cheetahs are targeting the Highlanders as a must-win on their tour,” he told RugbyHeaven. “So that’s a challenge that goes directly to us. It’s a crucial point of the competition where we must get the win, get ourselves four points, five if possible, and get ourselves back in this race.”
Thomson said the Cheetahs’ attitude would help to motivate the Highlanders, who have claimed just one victory this season (against the Crusaders) but been unlucky to lose on other occasions.
“When you’re pointed out as a target on a tour, that’s really throwing the challenge out to you guys,” said Thomson. “We’ve taken that one on the chin and it’s really pumped us up to get out there on our home turf and not be rolled over.”
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