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Fruean returns for Chiefs

25th June 2014 06:28


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Robbie Fruean: Starts at 13

Chiefs boss Dave Rennie has made several changes to his starting XV for Friday's clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Big outside centre Robbie Fruean returns to action, from heart surgery, and will partner Bundee Aki in midfield. Scrum-half Augustine Pulu also makes his Super Rugby come-back after a recent knee procedure.

Both Fruean and Pulu have already experienced some club rugby before making their return this Friday.

Gareth Anscombe starts at full-back with Tevita Koloamatangi, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tim Nanai-Williams and James Lowe new additions to the bench.

Next week the Chiefs will return home to play the Hurricanes in another New Zealand Derby fixture at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Friday July 4.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Tom Marshall, 10 Aaron Cruden (c), 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 James Lowe.

Date: Friday, June 27
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 local (07.35 GMT, 08.35 BST)
Referee: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
Television match official: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

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