Flanker Liam Messam benched by the Chiefs

Last updated 15:52 10/04/2014
MIKE SCOTT/Fairfax NZ

Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe is ready to fill the boots of injured star first-five Aaron Cruden.

Liam Messam
PETER DRURY/Fairfax NZ
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.

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Japan Super Rugby team 'preferred location' Singapore Super Rugby bid conceding defeat Japan bid no longer shoo-in for Super Rugby Robbie Fruean linked with a Crusaders return Highlanders add more to their Tasman stocks Super Rugby will miss All Blacks for first round Dave Rennie on the hunt for another halfback Chiefs snap up Bryce Heem and Sean Polwart Move to Taranaki pays off for Iopu-Aso Chiefs add two forwards to Super Rugby squad

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

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you make of the Blues signing Jimmy Cowan?

It's a great move. His experience is needed.

The jury's still out for me. Let's wait and see.

It's a desperate move. Respectfully, Cowan is past it.

The Blues have bigger worries than halfback.

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content