Special Night for half-centurion's Coles and Vito

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    06 Mar 2013     Getty Images

Dane Coles and Victor Vito which reach that milestone this Friday after they both began their Super Rugby careers in 2009. Coles was the starting hooker for the Hurricanes in their first game of the ‘09 season. He scored a try that evening, despite the side going down 22-26 to the Waratahs at home.

Vito made his debut a match later, starting at number eight against the Highlanders in Wellington, grabbing 22-17 win over the Southerners.

Both are now senior Canes players, with Vito is a 20 test cap All Black and Coles the most recent addition from the franchise to the black jersey. Hurricanes Head Coach Mark Hammett congratulated the two.

“These guys are proud Hurricanes and should enjoy the occasion as reaching your 50th cap is no small feat. Both Colesy and Vic have worked extremely hard to get there and that’s why they have also achieved higher honours with the All Blacks. They know there is a job at hand, and being the kind of guys they are, that will be their only focus on Friday night,” said Hammett.

Looking at this week’s line-up, only one change has been made to the starting fifteen. Vito moves to the back of the scrum and Brad Shields will start at six. On the bench, Ben May comes in to the number 17 jersey and Motu Matu’u has been bracketed with Ash Dixon for the match.

Not considered for selection this week due to injury includes Jack Lam (knee), Eric Sione (shoulder) and Blade Thomson (ankle).

Kick off at Westpac Stadium this Friday is at 7.35pm.

The Hurricanes team is as follows:

1. Ben Franks
2. Dane Coles
3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. Jason Eaton
6. Brad Shields
7. Karl Lowe
8. Victor Vito
9. TJ Perenara
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Tim Bateman
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14. Alapati Leiua
15. Andre Taylor


16. Motu Matu’u / Ash Dixon
17. Ben May
18. James Broadhurst
19. Faifili Levave
20. Chris Smylie
21. James Marshall
22. Reynold Lee-Lo