Double change for Chiefs

Date published: May 19 2016

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The Chiefs have made only two changes to their starting XV that will face the Melbourne Rebels in Hamilton on Saturday.

Hooker Nathan Harris gets his first start in nearly two years as he replaces the in form Hika Elliot with the latter being named amongst the reserves.

All Black front-rower Harris, who hasn't started for the two-time champions since sustaining a head injury in the clash between New Zealand and the USA Eagles in 2014 in Chicago, was named in the starting line-up against the Kings but was forced to withdraw and replaced by Elliot.

Prolific inside centre Charlie Ngatai has not recovered completely from a concussion knock and Anton Lienert-Brown will pair up with Seta Tamanivalu in the midfield.

Damian McKenzie (full-back), Toni Pulu (right wing) and James Lowe (left wing) all retain their starting XV positions.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka

Date: Saturday, May 21
Venue: FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardiner
Assistant Referees: Brendon Pickerill, Angus Mabey
TMO: Ben Skeen

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