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Cruden included on Chiefs bench

22nd May 2014 05:23

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Aaron Cruden Chiefs v Highlanders SR 2014

Back from injury: Aaron Cruden

Chiefs boss Dave Rennie has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

In the back-line, Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Charlie Ngatai returning from injury to take their place on the left wing and at outside centre respectively.

Tim Nanai-Williams who has recommitted to the Chiefs for the 2015 season returns to full-back.

Kane Thompson comes into the reserves and is joined by Aaron Cruden who makes his return to rugby after a thumb injury, with the addition of Tom Marshall, the only other change to the Chiefs bench.

Chiefs: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Tom Marshall.

Date: Saturday, 24 May
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 local (07.35 GMT, 08.35 BST)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
Television match official: Chris Watt (New Zealand)

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