Hurricanes stand down stars

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by Beth Newman

The Reds' chances of a major upset this weekend were boosted this morning, with the Hurricanes confirming the omission of five stars.

Hurricanes have confirmed they will stand down Julian Savea, Cory Jane, Victor Vito, Ardie Savea, and reserve prop Chris Eves for Saturday afternoon's match

The five have been left out of the side for this weekend's clash after breaching curfew while the team was in South Africa.

It's an issue that coach Chris Boyd said might not seem serious but broke commitments that players agreed to at the start of the season.

"Though some people may not see staying out late as being particularly serious, the team set their standards very high this year and everyone bought into that at the start of the season.

"We have a great bunch of guys in the squad and this was an isolated incident, but there are certain lines in the sand and when those lines are crossed there are consequences.

"The players involved know they made a mistake and I'm pretty confident they will be motivated to make up for that when they become available for selection again next week."

Boyd said he had faith in the side to play the Reds, including debutant winger Wes Goosen.

"We are looking forward to seeing Wes Goosen make his Hurricanes debut. He's been knocking on the door since the preseason and now he gets his chance. That's what Super Rugby is all about."

As well as Goosen, former Melbourne Rebels back Jason Woodward will come on to the right wing for Jane, Matt Proctor comes into the centres, Blade Thomson starting at number eight to replace Vito and Callum Gibbins will step up in the absence of Ardie Savea.

The backrow shuffle could be a critical one in the match.

The Reds could reportedly look different as well, with News Corp reporting fullback Karmichael Hunt will miss with a groin injury, to be replaced by Japanese star Ayumu Goromaru.