Super Rugby: Barretts back for Hurricanes clash against Chiefs

Both Barretts will return to the Hurricanes starting line-up for their New Zealand Super Rugby derby against the Chiefs in Wellington on Saturday.

Beauden Barrett slides back in at number 10, while brother Jordie continues his tour of the Hurricanes backline - this week starting at fullback, which pushes Ben Lam out of the game day squad.

Both were rested in accordance with the All Blacks rest policy during last week's win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo along with loose forward Ardie Savea, who'll also reclaim his spot in the run-on side.

Chase Tiatia will push across to the wing, accompanied by Wes Goosen.

In the forwards, Asafo Aumua is set to make a rare start at hooker. The former All Blacks prodigy takes the place of Ricky Riccitelli, who moves to the bench.

"[Aumua] is still finding his way in Super Rugby," said coach John Plumtree.

"He came off the bench and played really well last week. We'd targeted a game that would be a big one for him, at hime in front of his family and friends.

"It's an exciting time for him and he can go into it confidently because we've schooled him up for this moment."

Dane Coles will miss his second consecutive game, as they err on the side of a caution with the All Black's minor calf strain.

"He's getting a bit annoyed that it's taking a bit longer than we thought. We realise how important he is to New Zealand rugby, especially going forward with the World Cup.

"We're sure that he's going to be back it's just when, and if you ask me to put a date on it I couldn't help you there."

Plumtree believes his side are yet to hit their stride this season, citing a failure to cash in on try-scoring opportunities as one of their main areas of focus at training this week.

"We're not happy with the way our rugby is going at the moment. We're not quite there yet, but we still think that we'll get there and hopefully it will be this weekend.

The New Zealand derby games are typically hard-fought affairs, and Plumtree expects Saturday's fixture against the wounded Chiefs - who are coming off a loss to the Lions - to be no different.

"The Chiefs are a tough proposition... they'll be disappointed with what happened to them last week at home. That will just add fuel to their fire, and we know just how physical this game's going to be."

Hurricanes: 1-Fraser Armstrong, 2-Asafo Aumua, 3-Ben May, 4-James Blackwell, 5-Kane Le'aupepe, 6-Vaea Fifita, 7-Ardie Savea, 8-Reed Prinsep, 9-TJ Perenra, 10-Beauden Barrett, 11-Chase Tiatia, 12-Ngani Laumape, 13-Matt Proctor, 14-Wes Goosen, 15-Jordie Barrett

Reserves: 16-Ricky Riccitelli, 17-Xavier Numia, 18-Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 19-Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20-Sam Henwood, 21-Richard Judd, 22-James Marshall, 23-Salesi Rayasi

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