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Piri bracketed at No 9
Piri Weepu has been bracketed at scrumhalf for the Hurricanes’ clash against the Stormers in Wellington on Saturday.
Canes coach Colin Cooper has made four changes to the side that pipped the Western Force 28-27 in Perth last weekend while Weepu could return to the No 9 jersey if his hamstring passes a fitness test.
Weepu has been bracketed with Alby Mathewson at his preferred position of scrumhalf instead of flyhalf. Willie Ripia will start at No 10 following a solid outing against the Force.
Cooper has rotated his flankers, with openside Karl Lowe and blindside Faifili Levave making way. Scott Waldrom returns from an abdominal strain in the No 7 jersey while sevens star Victor Vito will run at blindside.
The other two changes see the return of the Ellison brothers.
Tamati Ellison will start in the unfamiliar position of right wing in place of Zac Guildford, while brother Jacob comes in at loosehead prop in place of John Schwalger.
Hurricanes – 15 Cory Jane, 14 Tamati Ellison, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Piri Weepu/Alby Mathewson, 8 Rodney So’oialo (c), 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jacob Ellison.
Subs: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Tim Fairbrother, 18 Bryn Evans, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 Mathewson/Daniel Kirkpatrick, 21 Jason Kawau, 22 Zac Guildford.
Chiefs shuffle pack for Cheetahs
The Chiefs have rearranged their tight five for their match against the Cheetahs in Kimberley on Saturday.
All Blacks lock Kevin O’Neill comes back into the second row after an ear infection ruled him out of the win over the Lions.
Ben May switches over to the looshead prop side with James McGougan getting a start at tighthead while the impressive Sona Taumalolo drops down to the bench this week.
Young wing Tim Mikkelson gets his first start on the right wing.
The injured Sosene Anesi didn’t make the lineup as the Chiefs continue to have shortages with their wings, but in some good news for the Chiefs All Blacks centre Richard Kahui has overcome a sore hip to hold his place in the team.
Chiefs – 15 Mils Muliaina (c), 14 Tim Mikkelson, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Dwayne Sweeney, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 James McGougan, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Ben May.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Jackson Willison.