Chiefs pair up SBW and Nanai-Williams

Date published: June 18 2015

Sonny Bill Williams and Tim Nanai-Williams will link up in midfield in the Chiefs' Super Rugby Qualifier against the Highlanders.

The former made his return from injury last weekend against the Hurricanes, and is paired with his cousin in the centres in Dunedin after Charlie Ngatai was ruled out with concussion.

Meanwhile Andrew Horrell has got the nod at fly-half as Damian McKenzie shifts to full-back in the absence of the injured Tom Marshall.

Up front Michael Fitzgerald shifts to blindside flanker, with skipper Liam Messam moving to eight, while Hika Elliot will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance.

Finally 24-year-old scrum-half Kayne Hammington is in line for a Super Rugby debut after being named on the bench.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Andrew Horrell, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Michael Fitzgerald, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Jamie Mackintosh, 19 Mitchell Crosswell, 20 Michael Leitch, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Seta Tamanivalu.

Date: Saturday, 20 June
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT, 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST)
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Nick Briant, Mike Fraser
TMO: Aaron Paterson