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Donald set to bring up century with Chiefs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017

The Chiefs sit fourth in the New Zealand conference and are seeking their first win in three matches. © Tony Marshall - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images The Chiefs sit fourth in the New Zealand conference and are seeking their first win in three matches. Crowd favourite Stephen Donald will mark his 100th appearance for the Chiefs when he runs out against the Waratahs in Hamilton.

The former All Black will wear the No.12 jersey in his return to Super Rugby after missing last week's 16-16 draw with the Blues because of concussion.

The 33-year-old will become just the fourth Chiefs centurion, after forwards Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam and Hika Elliot.

Coach Dave Rennie is hoping the milestone is marked with a full house at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

"Stephen Donald's already a Chiefs legend,"he said.

"Adored by his teammates and fans alike, he is a special and passionate Chiefs man who has had a prolific on-field career."

In the one other change to the starting 15, Toni Pulu comes in on the right wing for Tim Nanai-Williams, who goes to the bench.

Included in the reserves is former NZ under-20 hooker Liam Polwart, who is in line to make his Super Rugby debut.

The Chiefs sit fourth in the New Zealand conference and are seeking their first win in three matches after the stalemate with the Blues was preceded by a 31-24 defeat to the Crusaders in Suva.

CHIEFS: Damian McKenzie, Toni Pulu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Stephen Donald, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden (co-capt), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Messam, Sam Cane (co-capt), Mitchell Brown, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Nepo Laulala, Nathan Harris, Kane Hames.

Reserves: Liam Polwart, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Atu Moli, Taleni Seu, Mitchell Karpik, Jonathan Taumateine, Tim Nanai-Williams, Solomon Alaimalo.

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