This weekend kicks off with a Kiwi derby. The Hurricanes host the Highlanders in Wellington.
Both sides come off extremely narrow defeats and will want to get their seasons back on track.
The Hurricanes have lost Rodney So’oialo to a one week suspension for stamping on Phil Waugh’s head.
The Highlanders have Jimmy Cowan and Jamie Mackintosh sidelined through injury. Both were captaining the side when injured during last week’s match.
Who will feel the loss of players more?
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: – 19:35 Local Time, 08:35 SA time
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
ARs: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
15 Cory Jane, 14 David Smith, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Jason Kawau, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Dan Coles, 1 John Schwalger.
16 Ged Robinson, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Api Naikatini, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Ma’a Nonu, 22 Conrad Smith.
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jason Shoemark (captain), 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Kendrick Lynn, 10 Daniel Bowden, 9 Sean Romans, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 David Hall, 1 Chris King.
16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 George Naoupu, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Scott Cowan, 21 Jayden Hayward, 22 Brett Mather.