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Friday 20th February 17:10 GMT

 

After starting their South African rip with a win against the Lions at Ellis Park, the Hurricanes continue their tour with a game on Friday against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Following their winning start to the 2015 campaign, the Hurricanes have named a largely unchanged side to face the Bulls, who themselves started the season with a home defeat against fellow South African franchise, the Stormers.

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Ma'a Nonu is named in the run on XV for his 145th appearance in Super Rugby, astonishingly making his first start for the team since 2011. The two sides have met on 18 previous occasions in Super Rugby matches, and have each registered nine victories. The Bulls welcome back their regular skipper Pierre Spies, who comes into the side at No.8. Against the Stormers, Spies came on from the bench at half-time, while Victor Matfield had started the game as skipper.

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There are four changes to the side that made such a disappointing start to the season, and a further two on the bench. With five frontline props missing through injury, the front row resources are being stretched to the limit, and on Friday Trevor Nyakane switches to tight head due to injury to Werner Kruger, with loose head Morne Mellett promoted off of the bench.


Tags: Ellis Park, Hurricanes, Super Rugby, Bulls
Posted: 20th February 2015


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