Chiefs ring changes for must-win match

EVAN PEGDEN
Last updated 13:12 29/05/2014
Aaron Cruden
CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax NZ
BACK AT 10: Aaron Cruden has regained the starting first five-eighth spot for the Chiefs must-win encounter against the Waratahs in New Plymouth on Saturday.

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The Chiefs have rung the changes for Saturday's must-win Super Rugby home game against the Waratahs in New Plymouth.

Eight changes have been made to the starting XV - six personnel switches and two positional moves - while five of the bench are different also from the team that crashed heavily to the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend, 45-8.

Co-captain Aaron Cruden returns for his first start in seven weeks, having returned to action from a broken thumb via the reserve bench last week.

He bumps Gareth Anscombe to the bench, while there is an all-new midfield combination of Andrew Horrell and Tim Nanai-Williams, with Bundee Aki dropped to the bench and Charlie Ngatai out altogether.

Nanai-Williams moves from fullback, with that position now taken by Tom Marshall.

The forward pack that went unchanged last week has also undergone change with Liam Squire, after a strong cameo role in Wellington, coming in at No8 and co-skipper Liam Messam moving as a result back to blindside flanker with Tanerau Latimer dropping to the reserves.

Jamie Mackintosh comes in at loosehead prop in place of Pauliasi Manu, who has been limited in his training this week due to an ankle injury but is on the bench.

CHIEFS: Tom Marshall, Dwayne Sweeney, Tim Nanai-Williams, Andrew Horrell, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden (c), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Matt Symons, Ben Tameifuna, Nathan Harris, Jamie Mackintosh. Res: Mahonri Schwalger, Pauliasi Manu, Josh Hohneck, Mike Fitzgerald, Tanerau Latimer, Brad Weber, Gareth Anscombe, Bundee Aki.

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