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Franks gets ton at Newlands

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:37
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Hurricanes prop Ben Franks will earn his 100th Super Rugby cap against the Stormers at Newland on Friday.

The Hurricanes face the Cape Town-based outfit in the second match of their South African tour.

Franks, who made his debut in 2006, has represented the Canes in 16 matches and has 83 caps for the Crusaders.

The front row forward is in his ninth Super Rugby season and has also gone on to represent the All Blacks in 31 Tests.

This weekend Franks will be joined by experienced Hurricanes prop John Schwalger, playing at tighthead, in one of two changes to the forward pack.

The only other change sees Mark Reddish come into the starting 15.

The backline remains unchanged from the line-up which took on the Sharks in their season opener.

On the bench, James Broadhurst and Ardie Savea are included in the 23 for this match.

Hurricanes: 15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 James Marshall.

Date: Friday, February 26'
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT; 06.10, Saturday, March 1 NZ time)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommenstein (South Africa)

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