Hurricanes Head to Palmerston North

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The city of Palmerston North is getting right behind the Hurricanes ahead of Friday’s match with already over 5,000 tickets pre-sold. That number is well ahead of where the match was two years ago in pre-sale figures. The clock tower has turned yellow and there will be a Hurricanes Fan Zone in the Square from 4-5pm this afternoon when the team arrive in town.

The team last played at FMG Stadium in 2011, when they won over the Force 34-28.

Looking at this week’s line-up, the changes include the return of Jason Eaton, Karl Lowe, Victor Vito and TJ Perenara to the starting 15. Beauden Barrett moves back into first five-eighth with Andre Taylor comes in at fullback. Matt Proctor gets his first start on the wing.

Mark Hammett said the following on Julian Savea: “Julian has made himself unavailable for the Stormers game this week before he re-joins the team next week. Julian has approached us on this decision and we agree.”

Kick off this Friday is 7.35pm at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North.

The Hurricanes team is as follows:

  1. Ben Franks
  2. Motu Matu’u
  3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  4. Jeremy Thrush
  5. Jason Eaton
  6. Brad Shields
  7. Karl Lowe
  8. Victor Vito
  9. TJ Perenara
  10. Beauden Barrett
  11. Matt Proctor
  12. Tim Bateman
  13. Conrad Smith (c)
  14. Alapati Leiua
  15. Andre Taylor



  1. Ash Dixon
  2. Ben May
  3. Mark Reddish
  4. Faifili Levave
  5. Ardie Savea
  6. Chris Smylie
  7. Tusi Pisi


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