So’oialo back for Canes
25 Feb 2010
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So’oialo back for Canes
Rodney So’oialo will make his first appearance of the year against the Lions in Wellington on Saturday.
So’oialo missed the first two weeks of the season to focus on his conditioning. He now returns in the starting line-up, but hooker Andrew Hore retains the captaincy.
Lock Jason Eaton returns also returns to action after being dropped last week because of disciplinary reasons.
In the other change, Karl Lowe is promoted ahead of Scott Waldrom in the No 7 jersey.
Hurricanes – 15 Cory Jane, 14 Tamati Ellison, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 John Schwalger.
Subs: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18, Nick Crosswell, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Andre Taylor.
Masaga in, Sivivatu out
Leila Masaga will start for the Chiefs in their match against the Western Force on Saturday.
The Chiefs suffered a huge blow when Sitiveni Sivivatu was ruled out for their trip to Perth after the encounter with the Lions last weekend. But they received good news as Masaga was declared fit after a lengthy break from action because of a shoulder operation last year.
Brendon Leonard also comes in for Samoan No 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, who finds a place on the bench.
Amongst the forwards, lock Romana Graham makes his Super 14 debut while hooker Hika Elliot starts ahead of Aled de Malmanche.
Liam Messam captains the side in place of the suspended Sione Lauaki.
Chiefs – 15 Mike Delany, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Dwayne Sweeney, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Colin Bourke, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam (c), 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Romana Graham, 3 Nathan White, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Reserves: 16. Aled de Malmanche, 17. Ben Afeaki, 18. Jarrad Hoeata, 19. Luke Braid , 20. Junior Poluleuligaga, 21. Jackson Willison, 22. Tim Nanai-Williams.
Tony Woodcock will be amongst the Blues’ reserves in their game against the Reds on Saturday.
Head coach Pat Lams makes three changes and one positional change as the Blues travel to Brisbane.
Tighthead Charlie Faumuina replaces Woodcock in the front row, which sees John Afoa moved to loosehead.
Rene Ranger starts at centre in the place of the injured Isaia Toeava (hip), while eighthman Peter Saili is preferred ahead of Viliama Ma’afu, who is dropped to the wood.
Blues – 15 Paul Williams, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 John Afoa.
Subs: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Viliama Ma’afu, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Lachie Munro.
Landers change three
Glenn Moore has made three changes to the Highlanders’ match 22 for their game against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Flank John Hardie earns his first start in Super Rugby as he is promoted with No 8 Steven Setephano injured. All Blacks flank Adam Thompson moves to the back of the scrum.
Fetu’u Vainikolo also gets his first start ahead of James Paterson on the wing.
With Jayden Hayward injured, Kendrick Lynn slots in at outside centre as Jason Shoemark moves to inside centre.
Highlanders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Michael Hobbs, 9 Jimmy Cowan (c); 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 John Hardie, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Subs: 16 Jason MacDonald, 17 Chris King, 18 Hayden Triggs, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Sean Romans, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 James Paterson.
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