Rugby: Goodes to make first start for 'Canes

The Hurricanes make their first visit to Forsyth Barr Stadium this weekend. Photo / Getty Images
The Hurricanes make their first visit to Forsyth Barr Stadium this weekend. Photo / Getty Images

Young prop Reggie Goodes will make his first start for the Hurricanes when they face off against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.

Goodes will have his first run on for the Hurricanes since making his debut for the franchise two weeks ago.

The 20-year-old had to undergo a rehab programme at the start of the season to overcome a shoulder injury suffered in their final pre-season match. Now after two appearances off the bench, Goodes will make his first start in the number one jersey.

The South African born prop made his debut for Wellington in 2010 but this is his first Super Rugby campaign.

The only other changes to the Hurricanes line-up are Charlie Ngatai bracketed with Tim Bateman at second five-eighth and Tusi Pisi bracketed with Daniel Kirkpatrick on the bench.

Saturday night's encounter will be the Hurricanes' first at the new Dunedin stadium.

Hurricanes team:
1. Reggie Goodes
2. Dane Coles
3. Ben May
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. Jason Eaton
6. Faifili Levave
7. Karl Lowe
8. Victor Vito
9. TJ Perenara
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Charlie Ngatai / Tim Bateman
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14. Cory Jane
15. Andre Taylor

RESERVES
16. Motu Matu'u
17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
18. Brad Shields
19. Jack Lam
20. Chris Eaton
21. Tusi Pisi / Daniel Kirkpatrick
22. Tim Bateman / Alapati Leiua

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