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    Double change for Chiefs

    2016-05-19 08:51

    Hamilton -  The Chiefs have made only two changes to their starting XV that will face the Melbourne Rebels in Hamilton on Saturday.

    Hooker Nathan Harris gets his first start in nearly two years as he replaces the in-form Hika Elliot with the latter being named among the reserves.

    All Black frontrower Harris, who hasn't started for the two-time champions since sustaining a head injury in the clash between New Zealand and the USA Eagles in 2014 in Chicago, was named in the starting line-up against the Kings but was forced to withdraw and replaced by Elliot.

    Prolific inside centre Charlie Ngatai has not recovered completely from a concussion knock and Anton Lienert-Brown will pair up with Seta Tamanivalu in the midfield.

    Damian McKenzie (fullback), Toni Pulu (right wing) and James Lowe (left wing) all retain their starting XV positions.

    Teams:

    Chiefs

    15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham

    Substitutes: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka

    Rebels

    15 Mike Harris, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Sam Jeffries, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Jonah Placid, 23 Kotaro Matsushima

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