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Chiefs change two for Crusaders clash

22nd May 2013 06:41

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Starting tighthead: Ben Tameifuna

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made two changes to his starting XV for Friday's Super Rugby match against the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Ben Tameifuna comes in at prop for Ben Afeaki, who is out this week with a calf strain, while Patrick Osborne starts on the wing.

There are three changes to the bench, with Toby Smith, Sam Cane and Lelia Masaga moving into the reserves.

Bay of Plenty midfielder and former Highlander Kenny Lynn has been bought into the squad as midfield cover.

The Chiefs are without Richard Kahui (shoulder) and Andrew Horrell due to ankle problems while utility backs Tim Nanai-Williams (groin) and Gareth Anscombe (fractured foot) won't be fit until after the break for the June Tests.

To help raise awareness of Waikato District Health Board's child and youth health services Waikids, the Chiefs will wear a specially-designed one off jerseys branded with the Waikids logo.

Waikids are dedicated to maintaining wellness and preventing sickness from the day a child is born until the day they turn 18.

Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Dan Waenga, 22 Lelia Masaga.

Date: Friday, May 24
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

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