The Chiefs have made several changes to their side to take on the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium on Friday.
Coming off a win against the Highlanders last week, the Chiefs have brought try scoring machine Sona Taumalolo back into the starting line-up.
Alex Bradley will replace Kane Thompson, who has been ruled out with a back injury, at No 8.
Sam Cane, fresh off his All Blacks starting debut alongside Richie McCaw, will now line-up opposite him in the No 7 jersey, while Andrew Horrell comes in at centre replacing Jackson Willison who moves to the bench.
While the Chiefs currently sit at the top of the Super Rugby standings, the game is a crucial one for the Crusaders' playoff chances after their loss last week to the Hurricanes.
Chiefs: Robbie Robinson, Tim Nanai-Williams, Andrew Horrell, Sonny Bill Williams, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Alex Bradley, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (c), Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Sona Taumalolo. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Toby Smith, Romana Graham, Tanerau Latimer, Brendon Leonard, Jackson Willison, Lelia Masaga.
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