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Perenara steps into Canes captaincy

Newshub logoNewshub 16/05/2018 Newshub staff

Perenara has been named to captain the side. © Image - Photosport; Video - Newshub. Perenara has been named to captain the side. Halfback TJ Perenara will captain the Hurricanes against the Queensland Reds on Friday night.

Regular skipper Brad Shields will start the game from the bench behind Reed Prinsep.

Ngani Laumape will get the second of his All Blacks rests, which sees Peter Umaga-Jensen make his Super Rugby debut.

Coach Chris Boyd's opted to have Jordie Barrett cover the midfield from the fullback position.

Nehe Milner-Skudder replaces Julian Savea on the right wing, while Blade Thomson earns his first start of the season at the back of the scrum.

The Wellington-based franchise will be chasing their 10th-straight win.

Hurricanes: 15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13. Matt Proctor, 12. Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11.  Ben Lam, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara (c), 8. Blade Thomson, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Reed Prinsep, 5. Sam Lousi, 4. Michael Fatialofa, 3. Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2. Ricky Riccitelli, 1. Toby Smith

Reserves: 16. James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18. Ben May, 19. Vaea Fifita, 20. Brad Shields, 21. Jamie Booth, 22. Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23. Julian Savea

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