26 Feb 2015

Rennie rings the changes for Crusaders clash

6:34 pm on 26 February 2015

The Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made eight changes to his starting line-up to tackle the Crusaders in their local Super Rugby derby on Saturday night at Waikato Stadium.

The Chiefs celebrate a try in the win over the Brumbies

The Chiefs celebrate a try in the win over the Brumbies Photo: Photosport

Pauliasi Manu, Ben Tameifuna, Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane all return, Mike Fitzgerald moving to flanker with captain Liam Messam at No.8, replacing the injured Maama Vaipulu, while in the backs, the All Black Augustine Pulu starts at halfback.

James Lowe moves back onto the left wing due to the return from injury of Tom Marshall at fullback.

Sonny Bill Williams was a late scratching last week but has been declared fit to play and reclaims the second five-eighth jersey, with Charlie Ngatai moving to centre.

Prop Siate Tokolahi moves into the reserves and is joined by Taranaki prop Mitchell Graham, who could make his debut, while loose forward Johan Bardoul is the only other addition to the bench.


1. Pauliasi Manu

2. Hika Elliot

3. Ben Tameifuna

4. Matt Symons

5. Brodie Retallick

6. Michael Fitzgerald

7. Sam Cane

8. Liam Messam (c)

9. Augustine Pulu

10. Aaron Cruden

11. James Lowe

12. Sonny Bill Williams

13. Charlie Ngatai

14. Bryce Heem

15. Tom Marshall


16. Quentin MacDonald*

17. Siate Tokolahi

18. Mitchell Graham**

19. Johan Bardoul

20. Sean Polwart

21. Brad Weber

22. Damian McKenzie

23. Seta Tamanivalu

* Chiefs debutants

** Super Rugby debut