Reuters - Thu, 18 Feb 11:00:00 2010
Hurricanes lock Jason Eaton has been stood down for disciplinary reasons and will miss Saturday's Super 14 rugby match against the Western Force in Wellington.
The All Blacks forward had breached team protocol, the Hurricanes said in a statement on Thursday.
Hurricanes management would not comment on the breach, describing it as an employment issue, local media reported.
Winger Hosea Gear has also been ruled out for up to six weeks after having an operation on knee cruciate ligament tear on Thursday.
Eaton and Gear both started in the side that beat the Blues 34-20 at Albany in the tournament opener last week.
Flanker Nick Crosswell has been dropped, with Michael Paterson, who started at lock last week, moving to blindside flanker, while Bryn Evans and James Broadhurst will start in the second row.
David Smith has taken Gear's spot on the left wing.
Western Force's injury problems showed no signs of letting up after outside centre Ryan Cross became the latest player to be sidelined. Cross has been ruled out with a shoulder injury and joins wing Cameron Shepherd (thigh, six weeks), former Springbok Andre Pretorius (hamstring, season) and fellow Wallabies David Pocock (finger, six weeks) and Richard Brown (shoulder, six weeks) on the sidelines.
Coach John Mitchell has been forced to bring in two debutantes, Mitch Inman to replace Cross, and Ben McCalman into a cobbled-together back row including flanker Matt Hodgson and Sam Wykes at number eight.
The Force have also shaken up their forwards, with Tim Fairbrother starting at tight-head prop and Matt Dunning shifting to the loose-head side.
Lock Tom Hockings has been promoted to the second row alongside captain Nathan Sharpe.
New South Wales Waratahs have brought in Ben Mowen to replace suspended Australia flanker Dean Mumm, and will hand Kane Douglas a debut in place of injured lock Cam Jowitt for their match against the Stormers in Cape Town.
Mumm was suspended for two weeks after he was sin binned in their 30-28 victory over the Queensland Reds last week.
Mowen, who played 11 matches last season, returns to the starting side after recovering from a knee reconstruction.
The Waratahs have also promoted off-season signing and former Emerging Springbok Hendrik Roodt to the bench for the match at Newlands.
Captain Phil Waugh will play his 116th match to move past former international Matt Burke into second on the team's all-time list behind Chris Whitaker.
The Brumbies have received a major boost ahead of Sunday's clash against the Bulls, with new recruits Matt Giteau and Rocky Elsom both cleared to play after missing the season-opener through injury.
Giteau (quadriceps) and Elsom (hamstring) have both been rushed straight into the starting line-up despite not having played a trial match for the Canberra-based club.
Elsom's debut appearance in Brumbies colours sees Mitch Chapman drop back to the bench, while 19-year-old prospect Matt Toomua makes way for Giteau, who will start in his preferred position of fly-half.
In the only other change to the Brumbies' starting line-up from last weekend's opening 25-14 win over the Western Force in Perth, tight-head prop Salesi Ma'afu replaces Guy Shepherdson in the front row.