As it stated in Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has mixed four youngsters into his Chiefs line-up to take on the Highlanders in their Super Rugby season opener.
Four youngsters are set to make their Super Rugby debuts for the Chiefs in Friday’s campaign opener against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Atu Moli, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier, Jonathan Taumateine, Tim Nanai-Williams, Shaun Stevenson.
Among those unavailable are Sam Cane, working his way back from an ankle injury, and Charlie Ngatai, who is recovering from concussion.
All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala will also don the Chiefs jersey for the first time after diligently working his way back from a knee injury sustained in January 2016.
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Star back Nehe Milner-Skudder left out of Hurricanes’ Super Rugby opener against Sunwolves
Nehe Milner-Skudder has been left out of the Hurricanes’ 25-man squad set to play the Sunwolves in the franchises Super Rugby opening match in Tokyo.
Four uncapped Hurricanes have made the trip in utility back Jordie Barrett, loose forward Reed Prinsep, lock James Blackwell, and hooker James O’Reilly.
The Hurricanes still have All Blacks players hooker Dane Coles, openside Ardie Savea, winger Julian Savea and star first-five Beauden Barrett all on the plane to Japan.
Milner-Skudder has a minor hamstring injury while prop Loni Uhila (calf) have been ruled unfit to travel to Japan, but Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said neither injury was serious.
“It’s a long season, so we decided the prudent move was to leave them at home and get them 100 per cent right for our first home game against the Rebels in two weeks’ time.”
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