Hurricanes assistant coach Carlos Spencer kept his cards close to his chest about the return of All Blacks star Beauden Barrett, as his side prepares to face the Crusaders in Super Rugby.
Having missed the opening round win over the Waratahs, Barrett has returned to training with the Hurricanes this week, given a longer off‑season break in which he got married.
However, with the versatile James Marshall ruled out with injury, Barrett could find himself back in the side sooner than anticipated.
Speaking to media though, Spencer didn’t give anything away over Barrett’s possible return.
The Hurricanes will face the Crusaders at 6.35pm Saturday.
The Highlanders will take on the Reds at 6.35pm Friday.
The Sunwolves take on the Waratahs at 4.15pm Saturday while the Brumbies take on the Chiefs at 8.45pm Saturday.
On Sunday, the Sharks will take on the Blues at 1.05am, Stormers will take on the Lions at 3.15am and Jaguares will take on the Bulls at 9.40am.