Super Rugby: Beauden Barrett, Ben May to play 100th career game against Crusaders

  • 08/03/2018

The Hurricanes will mark a double milestone on Saturday when they host defending Super Rugby champions the Crusaders in their first home match of the season.

First five-eighth Beauden Barrett will play his 100th match for the Hurricanes while veteran prop Ben May will bring up a century of Super Rugby appearances, having previously represented the Crusaders and Chiefs.

Barrett made his debut against the Cheetahs in 2011, and has gone on to score more than 1000 Super Rugby points.      

He will become the 12th Hurricanes player to bring up 100 appearances, joining Dane Coles, Andrew Hore, Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Rodney So'oialo, Jeremy Thrush, Neemia Tialata, Tana Umaga and Victor Vito.

Ben May.
Ben May. Photo credit: Photosport

May has also been a regular fixture in the Hurricanes jersey, having played 64 matches for the franchise since making his debut against the Stormers  in 2012.      

Coach Chris Boyd has named an unchanged starting line-up from the one which beat the Jaguares 34-9 last week.          

The only changes are on the bench where two-game All Blacks hooker Asafo Aumua is set to make his Hurricanes debut after being sidelined with a rib injury.    

There could also be Hurricanes debuts for prop Marcel Renata, who has joined the squad after Alex Fidow was injured against the Jaguares, and halfback Richard Judd who has also joined the squad as injury cover. 

In the final change on the bench, Ihaia West returns after starting against the Bulls in South Africa.

Hurricanes squad to face Crusaders

Hurricanes: Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Gareth Evans, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields (captain), Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Ben May, Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves.

Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong, Marcel Renata, Michael Fatialofa, Blade Thomson, Richard Judd, Ihaia West, Vince Aso.         

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