fourth round teams, news, injuries, kickoff times, week 4 preview

Waratahs coach Darren Coleman has swung the ax on his misfiring squad, making six changes to the starting XV for Friday’s Pacific Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes will return captain Ardi Savea after being suspended for a throat-slitting gesture in round two.

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HURICANES vs WARATAHS in Wellington, Friday 17:05 AEDT

Ben Donaldson will start at number 10 and Max Jorgensen at fullback in the Waratahs’ most notable changes in Round 4.

Donaldson played at fullback for the 1-2 NSW club, while boom teenager Jorgensen started on the wing in the first two games before pulling out in round three with a minor shoulder injury.

But the duo will now start in their more familiar positions as playmaker Tane Edmed drops to the bench.

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“The return of Max Jorgensen gives us an opportunity to look at a change at number 10,” Waratahs coach Darren Coleman said.

“We’ve been comfortable with Thane’s performances this season, he’s done well, we’re just looking to see if Ben Donaldson in his more natural position at 10 can add another dimension to our attack.”

Coleman has been forced to name two new starting locks, Taleni Sue and Ned Hanigan, with Jed Holloway (imminent due to unborn child) and Hugh Sinclair (shoulder) unavailable.

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Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have been boosted by the return of suspended captain Ardi Savea, who replaces Peter Lacka at No.8.

Asafo Aumua takes over from Dane Coles, while Kini Naholo, the younger brother of former All Blacks star Waisake, will make his Hurricanes debut.

“She’s gotten in good shape and looks sharp,” Hurricanes coach Jason Holland said.

“He’s a big threat with the ball in his hands and has earned this opportunity to start.”

HURRICANE (15-1). Josh Murby, Julian Savea, Billy Proctor, Jordie Barrett, Kini Naholo, Brett Cameron, Cameron Roygaard, Ardi Savea (c), Du Plessis Kyriefi, Devan Flanders, Isaiah Walker-Lewer, James Blackwell, Tyrell Lomax, Asafo Aum Noumia

Reserves. Dane Coles, Puri Rackete-Stones, Pacilio Tosi, Dominic Bird, Braydon Ayos, Jamie Booth, Aidan Morgan, Bailin Sullivan

WARATAHS (15-1). Max Jorgensen, Mark Navakanitawaze, Izaya Perez, Lalakai Phoketi, Nemani Nadolo, Ben Donaldson, Jake Gordon (c), Langy Gleeson, Michael Hooper, Charlie Gamble, Taleni Sue, Ned Hannigan, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Mahe Wailanu, Tom Lambert

Reserves. Tolu Latu, Sateki Latu, Daniel Botha, Lachie Swinton, Will Harris, Harrison Goddard, Thane Edmed, Moses Tuipulotu

Referee,Brandon Pickerill

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CHIEFS vs REBELS at Hamilton, Saturday, 2.35pm AEDT

CHIEFS (TBC)

Rebels (TBC)

Referee. Dan Vaenga

Speaker Clarke is too hot to handle

BLUES vs CRUSADERS in Auckland, Saturday 17:05 AEDT

BLUES (TBC)

Crusaders (TBC)

Referee. James Dolman

“Sorry guys, I couldn’t hear that”

BRUMBIES vs MOANA PASIFIKA in Canberra, Saturday 19:35 AEDT

BRUMBIES (TBC)

MOANA (TBC)

Referee. Graham Cooper

Heartache for Moana Pacifica

HIGHLANDERS vs FORCE at Invercargill, Sunday 1.35pm AEDT

HIGHLANDERS (TBC).

FORCE (TBC)

Referee. Angus Maybey

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REDS vs FIJIAN DRUA in Brisbane, Sunday 3pm AEDT

REDS (TBC)

DRUA (TBC)

Referee. Reuben Kee

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