The Hurricanes have re-signed two key young players, with Andre Taylor and Alapati Leiua confirming they will be back with the franchise next season.
Taylor, who with 10 tries is Super Rugby's top try scorer this season, has committed to the Hurricanes for another two seasons while Leiua has signed on for the 2013 season.
Coach Mark Hammett said both signings were key to building a successful programme at the Hurricanes.
"Andre has really hit his form this year and found himself a home in the backline. Alapati has continued to be a solid performer in both the wings and midfield. They are both young and hard-working guys so their commitment will add to the momentum we're building."
The Hurricanes will play an exhibition match against the Reds on the Sunshine Coast this Friday, and while they are without one Savea, they've managed to pick up another
While wing Julian prepares for the second All Blacks test against Ireland, his younger brother Ardie, a member of the world champion New Zealand sevens side, has been named on the bench for the Hurricanes.
Number eight Mike Coman will captain the side in the absence of All Blacks centre Conrad Smith while regular halfback TJ Perenara will get a break and has named on the bench.
The Reds are the only Australian team the Hurricanes will not face in the regular season of the Super Rugby competition under the new conference format introduced last year.
Kick off in the Sunshine Coast this Friday is 8pm (NZT).
Hurricanes: James Marshall, Richard Buckman/Waisake Naholo, Alapati Leiua, Jayden Hayward, Andre Taylor, Tusi Pisi, Chris Eaton, Mike Coman (c), Jack Lam, Brad Shields, James Broadhurst, Mark Reddish, Michael Bent, Motu Matu'u, Reg Goodes.
Reserves: Dane Coles/David Hall, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen/Tristan Moran, Faifili Levave/Jeremy Thrush, Ardie Savea, Frae Wilson, Daniel Kirkpatrick, TJ Perenara.
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- The Dominion Post
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