Beauden Barrett shifted to fullback for Hurricanes' match against Cheetahs
Beauden Barrett will play at fullback for the Hurricanes this weekend as coach Chris Boyd rotates his squad.
The All Blacks first-five will start in the 15 jersey against the Cheetahs at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday as Otere Black claims Barrett's spot in the No 10 jersey.
The move allows Barrett's brother Jordie to have a break on the bench after appearing in every match for the Hurricanes in his first season of Super Rugby, including starting the last seven.
With a tough tour to South Africa and Perth coming up, Boyd said it was important to manage some of his players' workloads.
"We have some guys who have shouldered a particularly big load through the first 10 matches, and other guys who, through injury have not had a lot of time."
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."
Boyd has made three other personnel changes to the team that lost to the Crusaders last weekend, with lock Sam Lousi set to make his starting debut in the second row as Mark Abbott takes a break. Wes Goosen replaces Cory Jane on the right wing, while Ben May returns at loose head prop for Chris Eves.
Eves and Jane both drop out of the matchday 23 with Mike Kainga and Ben Lam coming onto the reserves bench that also features the return of loose forward Callum Gibbins from a shoulder injury.
Hurricanes team to play the Cheetahs on Saturday: Beauden Barrett, Wes Goosen, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Otere Black, TJ Perenara (c), 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