Star scrummie returns for Canes

TJ Perenara will make his comeback from injury in the Hurricanes’ pre-season hit-out against the Crusaders on Saturday.

Perenara was in fantastic form in 2012 before he sustained a season-ending ankle injury. According to the Hurricanes’ management team, Perenara has made a full recovery and will play from the bench this weekend.

Coach Mark Hammett will ease back his All Blacks players over the course of the next two weeks. The only Test star who will feature this Saturday is hooker Dane Coles.

Samisoni Fisilau (hamstring), Jack Lam (knee), Alapati Leiua (hamstring), Motu Matu’u (pectoral), Ardie Savea (toe), and Brad Shields (knee) are unavailable due to injury.

Hurricanes – 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Rey LeeLo, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 James Marshall, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Mike Coman, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Callum Gibbins, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Reg Goodes.
Reserves: Dane Coles, Jeremy Thrush, Eric Sione, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Mark Reddish, Faifili Levave, TJ Perenara, Papa Wharewera, Ope Peleseuma, Ambrose Curtis, Parataiso Silafai-Lea’ana.