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Hurricanes rejigged for Cheetahs clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is keeping half an eye on the future as he rests young fullback Jordie Barrett for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs in Wellington.

Older brother Beauden will start at fullback and Otere Black at first five-eighth after Boyd made four personnel changes to the team beaten 20-12 by the Crusaders last week.

While Black started at first five-eighth in the season opener against the Sunwolves in Tokyo, Beauden Barrett has worn the No.10 jersey in the last nine matches.

His move back to fullback on Saturday allows Jordie to have a well-earned spell on the bench in his first season of Super Rugby.

Jordie Barrett has appeared in every match in 2017 and started the past seven.

Boyd said the Cheetahs match allowed the perfect chance to ease the younger Barrett's workload ahead of a tough upcoming tour to South Africa and Perth.

"Probably in a perfect world, he would have got more rest up to now than he's had, and it would have been a little bit more gradual," Boyd said after training on Thursday.

Boyd said Jordie Barrett had taken the opportunity on offer when Nehe Milner-Skudder was forced out for six weeks with a fractured foot early in the season.

"You'd have to say he's taken that opportunity really well, but he's probably had more minutes than I would have liked him to have had to date."

Black will make his second start of the season at No.10, Wes Goosen replaces Cory Jane on the right wing, and Ben May returns at loosehead prop for Chris Eves.

Lock Sam Lousi will make his starting debut in the second row partnering fellow Tongan Vaea Fifita.

Boyd said the changes were not an indication of taking the Cheetahs lightly.

"The Cheetahs are a particularly dangerous team that can score tries from anywhere and also have a big forward pack up front. We know they will bring a lot to the match."

Hurricanes: Beauden Barrett, Wes Goosen, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Otere Black, TJ Perenara (captain), Brad Shields, Ardie Savea, Reed Prinsep, Vaea Fifita, Sam Lousi, Jeff To'omaga-Allen, Ricky Riccitelli, Ben May. Reserves: Leni Apisai, Mike Kainga, Loni Uhila, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Jordie Barrett, Ben Lam.

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