Cape Town – Hurricanes prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen will make his his 100th
Super Rugby appearance in Friday’s highly anticipated quarter-final
against the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.
Toomaga-Allen, who brought up his 100th match for the club
last week in Hamilton, will become just the 15th Hurricanes player to reach the
The 27-year-old made his debut for the Hurricanes in 2012
against the Stormers alongside long-time teammates Ben May, TJ Perenara and
He will be the fourth player this season to reach the mark
after Beauden Barrett, Perenara and Shields.
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has named a largely settled
squad for the quarter-final.
Captain Brad Shields has been bracketed to allow him as much
time as possible to get over a rib injury while Gareth Evans will start in the
number seven jersey in place of Sam Henwood.
There are minimal changes in the back line, although Boyd
has moved Jordie Barrett to centre to allow the return of crowd favourite and
centurion Julian Savea to the starting XV.
Savea will be on the right wing with Ben Lam on the left as
Nehe Milner-Skudder moves to fullback as the Hurricanes prepare to face the
Chiefs for the second straight week after the two sides played out an exciting
80 minutes in Hamilton.
Wes Goosen, who has been recovering from the head knock he
suffered last week, has been bracketed on the bench with Jonah Lowe while the
squad has been further strengthened by the return from injury of All Black Vaea
Boyd said the squad was delighted to have another
opportunity to play in front of their home fans and believed the Hurricanes
could deliver a performance good enough to keep their season and title hopes
He has been impressed with the way the squad has prepared in
the build-up to the match and could sense the excitement levels growing by the
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Brad Shields (captain)/Reed Prinsep, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep/Sam Henwood, 21 Jamie Booth 22 Ihaia West 23 Wes Goosen/Jonah Lowe