Nonu set for Crusaders test

Hurricanes boost ahead of league leaders visit

Last Updated: 26/03/08 9:55am

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Nonu: Back from ban

Nonu: Back from ban

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The Hurricanes have made two changes to their starting line-up for Friday's Super 14 clash against the Crusaders at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The New Zealand outfit welcome back prop John Schwalger and winger Ma'a Nonu for what is set to be their toughest test of the season so far.

Schwalger has recovered from a back injury and will start at loosehead prop, in place of Jacob Ellison who drops out of the squad altogether.

Nonu returns from suspension and will start on the right wing, with Hosea Gear making way.

Nonu missed the 33-15 win over the Brumbies two weeks ago as he sat out a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle.

The return of the pair should give the Hurricanes a much needed boost as they look to end a five match losing streak against the Crusaders.

The Hurricanes are fifth (four wins and one defeat) in the standings after sitting out a bye last weekend while the table topping Crusaders have chalked up six wins in a row.

Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Ma'a Nonu, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Shannon Paku, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So'oialo, 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.

Replacements: 16 Hikawera Elliott, 17 Tim Fairbrother, 18 Jeremy Thrush, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Tane Tu'ipulotu, 22 Hosea Gear.

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