SBW ready for Crusaders duel

    2015-02-26 08:02

    Cape Town - The Chiefs have made 11 changes to their starting team for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders in Hamilton, including four positional switches.

    According to the Chiefs' official website, coach Dave Rennie has shuffled his forward pack, bringing Pauliasi Manu, Ben Tameifuna, Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane into the starting line-up, moving Mike Fitzgerald to flank with captain Liam Messam continuing at No 8, replacing the injured Maama Vaipulu.

    All Black Augustine Pulu gets the nod at scrumhalf, while Sonny Bill Williams reclaims the second inside centre after being declared fit to play with Charlie Ngatai moving to outside centre.

    James Lowe moves back to left wing due to the return from injury of Tom Marshall at fullback.

    Prop Siate Tokolahi moves into the reserves and is joined by Taranaki prop Mitchell Graham, while Loose forward Johan Bardoul is the only other addition to the bench.

    Saturday's clash at Waikato Stadium is scheduled for 08:35 (SA time).



    15 Tom Marshall, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Mike Fitzgerald, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu

    Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Johan Bardoul, 20 Sean Polwart, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Seta Tamanivalu


    15 Tom Taylor, 14 Robbie Fruean, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Luke Romano, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Alex Hodgman, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Nathaniel Apa, 23 Nafi Tuitavake

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