Bateman bolsters Hurricanes

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:02
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Hurricanes' midfielder Tim Bateman will return to the field for Friday's Super Rugby Round Seven encounter with the Crusaders.

Hurricanes' midfielder Tim Bateman will return to the field for Friday's Super Rugby Round Seven encounter with the Crusaders.

His comeback follows after having been side-lined with a knee injury for six weeks.

Hurricanes assistant coach Alama Ieremia said Bateman's experience would be an important addition to the team when they take on the Crusaders.

"His on-field leadership will certainly help the team this weekend," Ieremia said.

"Tim's worked hard at getting himself ready and he's excited to be back in the line-up."

Bateman slots into a backline that is largely unchanged from the Hurricanes' encounter with the Highlanders last week.

However, fullback Andre Taylor has claimed a spot in the starting XV.

No.8 Blade Thomson returns to the starting line-up following an injury spell last week, while lock James Broadhurst retains his position after a strong performance last week.

Cory Jane was unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Marty Banks.

Date: Friday, March 28
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (06.35 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)

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