Chiefs name side for opener
Cape Town - The Chiefs have announced their first Super Rugby team of the season for their opening match against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
According to the Super XV website
, the Chiefs have named Tim Nanai-Williams to start at centre, after a solid performance in last week's trial against the Hurricanes.
Chiefs' midfielders, Bundee Aki and Charlie Ngatai have both been cleared to play while Andrew Horrell, Robbie Robinson, Brendon Leonard and Richard Kahui all remain out injured.
Bundee Aki, wing Patrick Osborne and hooker Rhys Marshall will all make their Super Rugby debuts.
Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie said, "It's good to finally start the competition. I know the boys have been training hard and are looking forward to getting stuck into it, especially our new caps."Teams:
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot1 Pauliasi Manu
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Lelia Masaga