Conrad Smith cleared for Reds contest
February 27, 2013
Skipper Conrad Smith has overcome concussion fears and will line up against the Reds on Friday. © Getty Images
Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith will take his place at centre after fears he may have suffered concussion in Saturday's opening Super Rugby loss to the Blues have been allayed.
However, three changes have been made to the side to play the Reds in Brisbane on Friday.
Tighthead prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen returns while hooker Motu Matu'u has recovered from a pectoral injury suffered during pre-season training and will be on the bench.
Mark Reddish's hamstring injury has seen James Broadhurst move onto the bench as his replacement. Also not considered for the game were: Jack Lam (knee), Eric Sione (shoulder) and Blade Thomson (ankle).
Hurricanes: 1.Ben Franks, 2.Dane Coles, 3.Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 4.Jeremy Thrush, 5.Jason Eaton, 6.Victor Vito, 7.Karl Lowe, 8.Brad Shields, 9.TJ Perenara, 10.Beauden Barrett, 11.Julian Savea, 12.Tim Bateman, 13.Conrad Smith (captain), 14.Alapati Leiua, 15.Andre Taylor. Reserves: 16: Motu Matu'u. 17.Reggie Goodes, 18.James Broadhurst, 19.Faifili Levave, Chris Smylie, 21.James Marshall, 22.Reynold Lee-Lo.
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