BREAKING NEWS
Murderer Phillip Smith on way back to NZ from Brazil - reports ... Read more
Close

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.

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

James Marshall aces dreaded 'yo-yo' test as Hurricanes resume training Chiefs prop Ben Afeaki facing up to chance his rugby career could be over Fiji beckons for Crusaders and Super Rugby Hika Elliot returns from neck injury to Chiefs Jimmy Cowan focused on the Blues before ABs Mauger leaving Crusaders for Leicester return Japan, Argentina officially join Super Rugby Genia: Reds will embrace refreshed O'Connor Daryl Gibson puts hand up for top Waratahs job Hurricanes' take pre-season training to Gisborne

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.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content