Hurricanes select double openside flankers

01:17, Mar 19 2014
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Conrad Smith leads out the Hurricanes for their opening Super Rugby game against the Sharks in Durban.
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Halfback TJ Perenara looks to generate some quick ball against the Sharks.
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Marty Banks of the Hurricanes out jumps Ryan Kankowski of the Sharks.
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Adam Hill takes on the Sharks defence in Durban.
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Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara attempts to toe the ball forward during the second half against the Stormers.
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Canes wing Cory Jane is all smiles after scoring in Port Elizabeth.
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Julian Savea crosses the line to score against the Stormers.
Hadleigh Parkes
Hadleigh Parkes evades the tackle of a Stormers defender in Round 3.
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Beauden Barrett converts Cory Jane's try from the sideline.
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Adam Hill of the Hurricanes is tackled by Jesse Mogg of the Brumbies in Wellington.
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Blade Thomson goes over the score against the Brumbies in Wellington.
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Beauden Barrett makes a break for the Hurricanes against the Brumbies in Wellington.
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Hurricanes players cannot hide their dejection after losing to the Brumbies at home.
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Conrad Smith breaks through a Hurricanes banner as he runs onto the field for his 100th match.
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Conrad Smith poses in front of a fan's banner celebrating his 100 Super Rugby matches.
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Conrad Smith high-fives Motu Matu'u after the big hooker scored against the Cheetahs.
Chris Smylie
Halfback Chris Smylie makes a break down the sideline as Julian Savea calls for the pass.
Dane Coles
James Marshall grabs Dane Coles around the face after a Hurricanes try.
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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett congratulates Tim Bateman after the his side beat the Crusaders in Christchurch.
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Hurricanes centurion Conrad Smith celebrates a much-needed win for his team over the Crusaders.
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Alapati Leiua goes over to score the match-winning try for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara spins a lovely pass from a ruck against the Crusaders.
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The Hurricanes and Bulls packs get ready to engage at McLean Park in Napier under the gaze of referee Steve Walsh.
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Julian Savea makes a break for the Hurricanes against the Bulls in Napier.
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Hurricane Brad Shields is wrapped up by a swarming Bulls defence at McLean Bark.
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Jeremy Thrush shows his delight at the final whistle as the Hurricanes beat the Bulls.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and James Horwill of the Reds share a moment's silence to mark Anzac Day.
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Hurricanes flanker Ardie Savea celebrates his try against the Reds at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
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Reds halfback Will Genia, right, tries to get to the ball ahead of Hurricanes winger Julian Savea.
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Chris Feauai-Sautia of the Reds looks dejected as the Hurricanes players celebrate another try in Wellington.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes evades the tackle of Kane Douglas of the Waratahs.
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Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs meets some stern Hurricanes defence in Sydney.
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Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Waratahs in Sydney.
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Hurricanes Conrad Smith and Cory Jane chase after the Waratahs' Rob Horne.
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Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes is tackled by Bryce Hegarty of the Rebels.
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Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes passes whilst being tackled by Luke Jones of the Rebels.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes reacts after being sent to the sin bin against the Rebels in Melbourne.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes scores a try despite the efforts of the Rebels' Tom English.
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The Hurricanes Julian Savea gets away from Blues Lolagi Visinia.
Bryn Hall and Beauden Barrett.
The Blues' Bryn Hall chases down Hurricane Beauden Barrett.
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Julian Savea celebrates the Hurricanes' win over the Crusaders during their Round 17 Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
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Dan Carter of the Crusaders looks to make a break against the Hurricanes during his first Super Rugby appearance of the season.
Ryan Crotty
Ryan Crotty, captain of the Crusaders, is tackled by Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes during their Super Rugby clash at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
Andy Ellis
Andy Ellis of the Crusaders and Dane Coles of the Hurricanes scuffle during their round 17 Super Rugby match.
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Asaeli Tikoirotuma from the Chiefs during his side's 24-16 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton.
Hadleigh Parkes
Hadleigh Parkes from the Hurricanes celebrates a try during his side's Super Rugby clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Ben Tameifuna
Ben Tameifuna of the Chiefs steps out of the tackles of Ardie Savea (left) and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes during his side's round 18 Super Rugby win in Hamilton.
Jeremy Thrush
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes charges into Liam Messam of the Chiefs with the assistance of Ben Franks (left) during the round 18 clash between the two sides at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
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Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes is tackled by Chiefs captain Aaron Cruden during the round 18 fixture at Waikato Stadium.

Openside flankers Ardie Savea and Jack Lam will play together in a re-jigged Hurricanes loose trio against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday night.

The selection of the two tearaways is the feature of the side named today by coach Mark Hammett for the Hurricanes' first match against a New Zealand conference opponent.

Hammett has made three personnel changes and one positional shift to the side that started the 60-27 win over the Cheetahs, and another three in the reserves.

Ardie Savea and Jack Lam
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Ardie Savea (left) and Jack Lam will play on the sides of the Hurricanes scrum when they face the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Two of the changes have been forced with Marty Banks coming in at fullback for an injured James Marshall (toe) and James Broadhurst at lock for Jeremy Thrush, who is unavailable due to a personal commitment.

All Black wing Cory Jane had recovered from the broken nose he suffered against the Brumbies, but was ruled out for the second week in a row after suffering an ankle injury in training yesterday.

Savea and Lam, both specialist opensides, finished the match against the Cheetahs strongly and will be given a chance to start against the Highlanders.

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Outstanding blindside Faifili Levave shifts to No 8 in place of Blade Thomson, who can count himself unlucky after a strong start to the season including a solid first half before coming off injured against the Cheetahs.

A neck injury may prevent Thomson from taking his place on the bench against the Highlanders and he has been bracketed in the reserves with Adam Hill.

Banks returns to fullback after starting the opening two matches of the season in South Africa, while Broadhurst gets his first start in the second row alongside in-form Mark Reddish.

Chris Smylie is rewarded for his strong match against the Cheetahs with his second start at halfback, with TJ Perenara in the reserves.

The bench also features a first selection of the season for hooker Ash Dixon, who replaces Motu Matu'u, and for Andre Taylor, who will cover fullback, while Mark Abbott comes in to cover lock.

Hammett made special mention of the change in the reserves at hooker saying Matu'u would benefit more from an extended run with the development team than another cameo behind incumbent Dane Coles.

"We're fortunate in that we've got three very, very good hookers - it's probably one of the most competitive spots in the team," Hammett said.

"This week, we've decided to give Ash an opportunity, while we can also give Motu some decent game time for the development team." 

Friday night's match kicks-off at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 7.35pm.

HURRICANES: Marty Banks, Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith, Hadleigh Parkes, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Chris Smylie, Faifili Levave, Ardie Savea, Jack Lam, James Broadhurst, Mark Reddish, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben Franks. Reserves: Ash Dixon, Chris Eves, John Schwalger, Mark Abbott, Blade Thomson/Adam Hill, TJ Perenara, Matt Proctor, Andre Taylor

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