Rugby: Franks set to bring up milestone

Ben Franks will mark his 100th Super Rugby appearance this weekend. Photo / Getty Images
Ben Franks will mark his 100th Super Rugby appearance this weekend. Photo / Getty Images

Hurricanes prop Ben Franks will mark his 100th Super Rugby appearance against the Stormers this weekend as the Hurricanes embark on the second match of their South African tour.

Franks, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2006, has represented the Hurricanes 16 times and previously accumulated 83 caps for the Crusaders.

Franks will be joined by experienced Hurricanes prop John Schwalger, who comes in at tighthead in place of Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, in one of two changes to the forward pack for Saturday morning's match (NZT) in Cape Town.

The other change sees Mark Reddish come into the starting XV at the expense of lock Mark Abbott, while the backline remains unchanged from the line-up, which lost 27-9 to the Sharks in the season-opener last weekend.

On the bench, James Broadhurst and Ardie Savea are included in the 23 after missing last weekend's game.

Hurricanes: Marty Banks, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (captain), Hadleigh Parkes, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Pernara, Blade Thomson, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, 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, James Marshall.

- NZ Herald

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