Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has named his Super Rugby team to play the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday with Augustine Pulu and Robbie Fruean returning to the fold.
Super Rugby resumes this week with first of three New Zealand Derby matches in a row for the Chiefs and Rennie they know what is at stake.
"This is a massive game and we have prepared really well. We realize the importance of this fixture and from here on in every match is like a play-off," said Rennie.
Halfback Augustine Pulu makes his Super Rugby come-back after a recent knee procedure and is joined by Robbie Fruean who will make his long awaited return in a Chiefs jersey.
Both players have already experienced some club rugby before making their return this Friday.
Gareth Anscombe starts at fullback with Tevita Koloamatangi, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tim Nanai-Williams and James Lowe new additions to the bench.
Chiefs fans are encouraged to check out the Chiefs facebook page to vote for their Player of the Year.
Next week the Chiefs will return home to play the Hurricanes in another New Zealand Derby fixture at Waikato Stadium on Friday 4 July.
1. Pauliasi Manu,2. Mahonri Schwalger ,3. Ben Tameifuna ,4. Michael Fitzgerald ,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Liam Squire ,9. Augustine Pulu ,10. Aaron Cruden (c),11. Tom Marshall ,12. Bundee Aki,13. Robbie Fruean,14. Dwayne Sweeney ,15. Gareth Anscombe ,
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