BEAUDEN BARRETT has been restored at first five for the Hurricanes’ must-win clash against the Rebels in Wellington on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Mark Hammett has made four changes to his side for the match at Westpac Stadium, with Barrett replacing Tusi Pisi at pivot.
Faifili Levave returns at blindside for Brad Shields and Jack Lam comes in for the crocked Karl Lowe at openside.
Ben May takes over from Reg Goodes at loosehead prop and Alapati Leiua for the injured Cory Jane on the right wing.
The Hurricanes (6-6) are ninth on the Super Rugby ladder, while the Rebels (4-7) are 10th, after their 32-31 win over the Force in Perth last Sunday.
Two Heartland Championship teams, Horowhenua Kapiti and Wairarapa Bush, will play each other in the curtainraiser.
Hurricanes: Andre Taylor, Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (c), Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben May
Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Reg Goodes, James Broadhurst, Brad Shields, Chris Eaton, Tusi Pisi, Jayden Hayward
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Not all our own way for NZ teams
Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.
With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?
With the start of club rugby upon us, how can we maintain the value of the clubs in player pathways and community spirit.