Perenara captains Canes against Stormers
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scrumhalf Thomas Perenara will return as captain and Callum Gibbins at openside glank for the Hurricanes' Super Rugby match against the Stormers on Friday.
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has made just two personnel changes to the side that started against the Brumbies in Napier a fortnight ago.
Perenara, who was on the bench before the team's second bye round, switches places with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and reclaims the captaincy from Brad Shields.
Shields led the side for the first time during the 56-21 win over the Brumbies.
Gibbins comes back into the starting side for Blade Thomson, whose season appears over following a dislocated shoulder in Napier, meaning Ardie Savea shifts back to No.8 for the fourth time this season.
The reshuffle in the loose forwards means Reed Prinsep comes back into the match day 23.
Before beating the Chiefs, the Stormers had rolled over the Bulls, Jaguares, Kings, Sunwolves and Cheetahs to start their season.
Last time the Hurricanes played the Stormers was during round eight of the 2015 season when they snuck home 25-20 at Westpac Stadium. The clubs did not play each other in 2016.
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Michael Kainga, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Ben Lam.
Date: Friday, May 5
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Ben O'Keeffe
TMO: Glenn Newman