Jordie Barrett looks set to stay with the Hurricanes for the short term, rather than head to Australia with the New Zealand Under 20s.
The official word was not clear from the Hurricanes, but with Nehe Milner‑Skudder still on ice for a few more weeks and Barrett proving himself as Super Rugby's rookie of the year from fullback, it looks as if he may forgo the Oceania Under 20 series in Australia.
Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland says that with the Hurricanes having to go on bye in round 10, there may be flexibility in that thinking.
The Under 20s are assembling in Auckland this weekend and Barrett had been named as squad vice‑captain.
Meanwhile Hurricanes lock Michael Fatialofa will be out of this weekend’s match after injuring his knee while Dane Coles and Matt Proctor are still doubtful for the Brumbies.
The Hurricanes will take on the Brumbies at 7.35pm this Friday.