Victor Vito, Cory Jane return for Hurricanes

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

The big guns are rumbling back for the Hurricanes, with All Blacks Victor Vito and Cory Jane returning to the starting lineup for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Bulls in Napier.

Vito (knee) will don the No 8 jersey for his first match of the season while Jane returns to the right wing after an ankle injury. And in more positive fitness news, loose forward Brad Shields (knee) makes his first appearance of the year on the bench.

Both Vito and Shields suffered their injuries in the pre-season and their respective returns bolster the Hurricanes pack against the seventh-placed Bulls who drew with the Chiefs in Pretoria on Sunday.

HE'S BACK: Cory Jane's been named in the starting XV for the Hurricanes this weekend.
HE'S BACK: Cory Jane's been named in the starting XV for the Hurricanes this weekend.

Shields and Blade Thomson provide loose forward cover on the bench, meaning no room for last year's All Blacks tourist Ardie Savea.

Alapati Leiua, who scored the matchwinning try against the Crusaders on Friday, shifts to second five-eighth for the injured Tim Bateman. The latter suffered a shoulder injury in his return match in Christchurch.

There is also doubt in the front row, with prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen bracketed with John Schwalger after suffering a head knock against the Crusaders.

Toomaga-Allen will be monitored for the remainder of the week to determine whether he is fit to play on Saturday. If not, his starting spot will go to Schwalger, and Reggie Goodes - returning from a toe injury - will come on to the bench.

HURRICANES: Andre Taylor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Alapati Leiua, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Jeff Toomaga-Allen/John Schwalger, Dane Coles, Ben Franks. Reserves: Ash Dixon, Chris Eves, Schwalger/Reggie Goodes, Blade Thomson, Brad Shields, Billy Guyton, Hadleigh Parkes, Marty Banks.

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