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Cane returns for Chiefs' clash

20th March 2014 09:03

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Sam Cane makes his return to Super Rugby for the Chiefs on Saturday as they travel to take on the Western Force at nib Stadium.

In the forwards Mike Fitzgerald starts at second-row alongside Cane, making his first appearance of the season.

In the backs, Asaeli Tikoirotuma reclaims the number 11 jersey with Tim Nanai-Williams joining the newly capped Tom Marshall in the midfield and All Blacks centurion Mils Muliaina taking his place on the other wing.

Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Augustine Pulu and Andrew Horrell are all added to the replacements bench alongside eighteen year-old Anton Lienert-Brown who will become the eighth player to make his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs this season.

"We encounter a Western Force team that is in a confident mood and a team we have struggled to put away in the past so it is a challenge the boys are looking forward to," said coach Dave Rennie.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Mils Muliaina, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (c), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Tanerau Latimer, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

Date: Saturday, March 22
Kick-off: 19:00 local (11:00 GMT)
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

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