Savea wings it for Canes

Julian Savea is one of three changes to the Hurricanes side picked for the weekend’s clash against the Force.

Savea will start on the left wing for the first time this season, while coach Mark Hammett has also decided to hand 19-year-old TJ Perenara a start at scrumhalf.

Prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen replaces Tristan Moran, who has picked up two yellow cards in as many matches. Toomaga-Allen will however start at tighthead with Ben May moving over to the loosehead side.

Hurricanes – 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben May.
Subs: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Michael Bent, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai.