Injury blow as Canes head to SA

Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:01
Large motu matu u injured Large mark hammett hurricanes3 Large motu matu u

The Hurricanes departed New Zealand, en route to South Africa, on Saturday without the services of a back-up hooker in their 25-man squad.

The Hurricanes will depart New Zealand, en route to South Africa, on Saturday without the services of a back-up hooker in their 25-man squad.

It was confirmed that Hurricanes Motu Matu'u, who started at hooker in the 16-18 loss against the Stormers in Palmerston North on Friday, has been sidelined for at least six weeks after fracturing his arm.

Ash Dixon is now the only specialist No.2 in the squad, with Dane Coles already sidelined through injury.

Coach Mark Hammett said the process of finding another player will take some time.

"We would like to take another one over, but at the moment we're just in the process of checking a few hookers, obviously medicals, and then we'll decide within the next few days."

Manawatu hooker Rob Foreman and Taranaki No.2 Timo Tutavaha loom as the likely replacements, while prop Reg Goodes can provide cover.

Hammett said: "We'll come up with someone."

Southland hooker Jason Rutledge was called into the Hurricanes squad earlier this year before joining the Highlanders as cover.
 
* Meanwhile the Hurricanes have confirmed that Julian Savea will travel with them on their road trip.

The All Black wing stood himself down for their loss to the Stormers with an assault charge from a domestic incident hanging over his head.

However, he will be on deck for their two games in the Republic.

The Hurricanes left Wellington on Saturday for their two-week tour, with games against the Bulls in Pretoria and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
 
Hurricanes: Beauden Barrett, Tim Bateman, James Broadhurst, Ash Dixon, Jason Eaton, Ben Franks, Reggie Goodes, Jack Lam, Reynold Lee-Lo, Alapati Leiua, Faifili Levave, Karl Lowe, Ben May, TJ Perenara, Tusi Pisi, Matt Proctor, Mark Reddish, Julian Savea, Brad Shields, Conrad Smith, Chris Smylie, Andre Taylor, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Victor Vito.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 03 December 2016
England v Australia 14h30 Twickenham
Gloucester v Bristol 15h00 Kingsholm
Bath v Saracens 15h00 Recreation Ground
Connacht v Treviso 15h00 Sportsground
Zebre v Scarlets 15h05 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints 17h00 Welford Road
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 17h15 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Arena
Sun, 04 December 2016
Worcester Warriors v Wasps 15h00 Sixways
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 15h00 Kingston Park
Fri, 09 December 2016
Northampton Saints v Leinster 19h45 Franklin's Gardens
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9