Five Highlanders have been named in the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad, while several high-profile players have been left out.
On the back foot throughout, somehow the Hurricanes have denied the Crusaders an unbeaten season and booked a favourable quarterfinal in Canberra next week.
The Wellington Hurricanes launched an extraordinary comeback in the second half, to snatch a thrilling draw with the Lions.
All Black wing Cory Jane has been named to make his return from an ankle injury when the Hurricanes meet the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night.
A decision on whether livewire Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara will play against the Crusaders on Saturday night will be made closer to the game after he was bracketed with Chris Eaton this morning.
Lock James Broadhurst and second five-eighths Charlie Ngatai will make their first starts of the season on Saturday when the Hurricanes host the Cheetahs at Westpac Stadium.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has retained faith in the side that went down 19-17 to the Highlanders on Saturday, naming an unchanged lineup to meet the Blues at Eden Park on Friday night.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has named an unchanged line-up to face the Highlanders in their fourth-round Super Rugby match in Wellington on Saturday.
The Hurricanes' celebrations after their 30-28 Super Rugby win over the Lions in Johannesburg have been dampened, with two off-field yellow cards later issued by the Sanzar citing commissioner.
Beauden Barrett's 79th-minute penalty broke the hearts of the Lions and ensured the Wellington Hurricanes left Ellis Park with a 30-28 victory in rugby's Super 15.
Samoan first five Tusi Pisi headlines the new-look Hurricanes side named today for the 2012 Super 15 season.
New Hurricanes skipper Conrad Smith believes having the 'C' next to his name on the team sheet could be just the tonic to invigorate him ahead of this year's Super Rugby campaign.
When Victor Vito describes himself as one of the elder statesmen of the Hurricanes squad, you get a sense of how inexperienced the team is.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has named an unchanged lineup to face the Crusaders in their Super 15 match in Wellington on Saturday night.
Watching the Hurricanes capitulate is like a car crash you can't look away from.
Neemia Tialata will play his 100th game for the Hurricanes when they face the Chiefs in a Super 15 match in Hamilton in Friday night.
Starting roles for halfback Piri Weepu and regular captain Andrew Hore are features of the Hurricanes team named today for a Super 15 match against the Lions in Wellington on Saturday.
Back on track thanks to some never-say-die defence, the Highlanders held on and ran out 13-6 winners over the Hurricanes in Invercargill last night.
All Black second five-eighth Ma'a Nonu returns to the Hurricanes starting lineup to face the Highlanders in a Super 15 match in Invercargill on Friday night.