24 Mar 2010

Lauaki returns to Chiefs starting fifteen

5:53 pm on 24 March 2010

The Chiefs have named Sione Lauaki at number eight, to play the ACT Brumbies in Canberra on Friday, a day after the former All Black pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

Lauaki who's played 17 tests replaces Colin Bourke at the back of the scrum, having also served a two match suspension.

He's also returning from a two match suspension for a dangerous tackle in the win over the Lions in Johannesburg.

Coach Ian Foster says Lauaki has the support of his team-mates and is ready for a return.

In other changes Jackson Willison returns at second-five eight, Ben Afeaki starts at tighthead prop and Culum Retallick at lock.

The Chiefs, have won three out of their five games and are sixth in the standings but could leap-frog the Brumbies and the New South Wales Waratahs into the top four with a win in Canberra.