Cruden included on Chiefs bench

22nd May 2014, 05:32

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Back from injury: Aaron Cruden

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.

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)