Rugby: Proctor and Marshall in back three for Hurricanes

James Marshall. Photo / Getty Images
James Marshall. Photo / Getty Images

The Hurricanes return to Super Rugby on Friday with two new faces in the back three as Matt Proctor and James Marshall will join Julian Savea as the outside back combination to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The starting 15 has few changes from when the Hurricanes last played - against the Brumbies on 31 May - with Karl Lowe the only other addition in the No 7 jersey.

On the bench, Blade Thomson has been bracketed with Faifili Levave (foot). If Thomson is included in the 22 and takes the field, he will be making his Hurricanes and Super Rugby debut.

Alapati Leiua, who has just returned from international duty with Samoa, rounds out the bench.

Players unavailable this week include Andre Taylor (shoulder), Tim Bateman (knee), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (knee), Motu Matu'u (arm) and Ardie Savea (away with New Zealand under-20s).

Hurricanes: James Marshall, Matt Proctor, Conrad Smith, Reynold Lee-Lo, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Victor Vito, Karl Lowe, Brad Shields, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Ben May, Dane Coles, Ben Franks. Reserves: Ash Dixon, Reggie Goodes, Mark Reddish, Faifili Levave/Blade Thomson, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi, Alapati Leiua

- APNZ

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