Flanker Liam Messam benched by the Chiefs

Last updated 15:52 10/04/2014
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BENCHED: Liam Messam will start the Chiefs' clash with the Rebels from the bench while Sam Cane, right, will start in the No 7 jersey.

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Chiefs captain Liam Messam will start on the bench against the Rebels in Hamilton this weekend as coach Dave Rennie makes eight changes to his starting lineup.

Tanirau Latimer returns to the side in place of Messam, while Sam Cane plays seven and Kane Thompson comes into the side at No 8.

Brodie Retallick will take over the captaincy for the match.

Prop Jamie Mackintosh and lock Michael Fitzgerald also return to the forwards, while Bundee Aki will make his return from injury to start at second five-eighth.

Mils Muliaina moves to the left wing with Tom Marshall in at fullback, while Gareth Anscombe starts at first five in place of the injured Aaron Cruden.

Jordan Payne will get the opportunity to make his Chiefs debut off the bench.

CHIEFS: Tom Marshall, Tim Nanai-Williams, Andrew Horrell, Bundee Aki, Mils Muliaina, Gareth Anscombe, Augustine Pulu, Kane Thompson, Sam Cane, Tanerau Latimer, Brodie Retallick (c), Michael Fitzgerald, Ben Tameifuna, Rhys Marshall, Jamie Mackintosh. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Pauliasi Manu, Josh Hohneck, Ross Filipo, Liam Messam, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordan Payne

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