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Chiefs tweak starting line-up for Force

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6 days ago

The Chiefs have made four changes to their starting line up for Friday's clash with the Western Force in Perth.

In the forwards, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi gets another chance to start at prop with Kane Hames being rested this week.

Dominic Bird returns to partner Brodie Retallick at lock with Taleni Seu dropping to the bench.

Liam Messam is back at blindside flanker while Mitchell Brown drops out of the 23.

In the backs, Shaun Stevenson will start on the right wing in a straight swap with Toni Pulu.

Brayden Mitchell will again start at hooker ahead of Hika Elliot while Sam McNicol keeps his place at centre ahead of Stephen Donald, who remains in the reserves.

Former New Zealand under-20 prop Aidan Ross has been named in the game day squad and could make his Super Rugby debut off the bench.

Chiefs: Damian McKenzie, Shaun Stevenson, Sam McNicol, Anton Lienert-Brown, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Michael Leitch, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Atu Moli, Brayden Mitchell, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Aidan Ross, Sosefo Kautai, Taleni Seu, Lachlan Boshier, Finlay Christie, Stephen Donald, Toni Pulu.

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