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Three All Blacks in Hurricanes team for sold-out match against Lions

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All Blacks backs Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape have been released to play for the Hurricanes against The British and Irish Lions.

The trio will return to their club colours for an historic match that will be played at a sold out Westpac Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes team will be led by No.8 Brad Shields who will captain the team in his 84th appearance for the club. He is one of only two players in the squad to have started all 14 of the team’s matches in 2017 along with second five Laumape.

Savea has been named on the left wing where he has started 12 of the Hurricanes 14 matches in 2017, while Barrett will wear the No.15 jersey for the 12th time in his first season of Investec Super Rugby.

Laumape will take his place at second five where he has scored 14 tries and formed a dangerous combination with centre Vince Aso, who has also scored 14 tries – a single season Hurricanes record.

A fourth player involved in the All Blacks already this season is blindside flanker Vaea Fifita who made his test debut against Samoa at North Harbour Stadium.

The defending Investec Super Rugby champion’s starting team also includes four Maori All Blacks in right wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, first five Otere Black, halfback Te Toirora-Tahuriorangi and prop Ben May.

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