Still no Ardie Savea for injury-hit Hurricanes

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 13:46 05/03/2014
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NO ARDIE? Wider training group loose forward Adam Hill and fullback James Marshall have been named to start for the Hurricanes.

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Wider training group loose forward Adam Hill and fullback James Marshall have been named to start for the Hurricanes against the Brumbies on Friday night.

Hill replaces injured blindside flanker Faifili Levave, while Marshall comes in for Marty Banks, who drops to the reserves, in the only two changes to the side that lost 19-18 to the Stormers in Cape Town.

It is unclear what Levave's injury is, but his absence is a blow after his stellar defensive effort in South Africa. He had been struggling with shin splints in the lead-up to the season.

Hill will be making his first Super Rugby start, but second appearance after coming on briefly against the Sharks in the season opener before being sin-binned for upending wing Lwazi Mvovo while cleaning out a ruck.

His selection will be controversial, with many fans feeling Ardie Savea's talents are being wasted in the reserves.

In fairness to Hill, he is a blindside flanker and coach Mark Hammett will probably feel he needs extra height in the lineout against a big Brumbies pack.

Marshall's selection is a surprise considering he has been out of rugby for a prolonged period after off-season hip surgery.

He offers a similar skill set to Banks, who played well against the Sharks but was less assured against the Stormers.

HURRICANES: James Marshall, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Hadleigh Parkes, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Jack Lam, Adam Hill, Mark Reddish, Jeremy Thrush, John Schwalger, Dane Coles, Ben Franks. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Chris Eves, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie, Alapati Leiua, Marty Banks.

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