Saffa to start for Canes

South African-born prop Reg Goodes will make his first Super Rugby start for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders this Saturday.

Goodes was born in Witbank, and his family emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. He made his debut for Wellington in 2010 at the age of 18, and played his first game for the Hurricanes off the bench two weeks ago.

The match against the Highlanders marks his first start at this level.

Charlie Ngatai has been bracketed with Tim Bateman at inside centre while one of Tusi Pisi or Daniel Kirkpatrick will sit on the bench.

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