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Canes count on Kirkpatrick – Daniel Kirkpatrick will start at flyhalf in the Hurricanes’ must-win clash against the Cheetahs.

Kirkpatrick replaces Aaron Cruden, who was injured in the recent loss to the Brumbies. Jayden Hayward has come in for the injured Conrad Smith at No 13. Coach Mark Hammett has also named the 19-year-old flyhalf Beauden Barrett on the bench. If Barrett features in the second half, it will be his first cap for the Hurricanes.

Changes to the pack see James Broadhurst starting at lock and Michael Bent at tighthead prop.

Hurricanes – 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Jayden Hayward, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jack Lam, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 John Schwalger.
Subs: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Charlie Ngatai.