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Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has named an experienced Super Rugby team to play the Jaguares in front of an anticipated capacity crowd at José Amalfitani Stadium.

There are several changes to the Chiefs team who secured a seven try bonus point victory over the Southern Kings, winning 58-24 in Port Elizabeth last Saturday.

In the forwards, Japan tighthead specialist Hiroshi Yamashita and veteran hooker Hika Elliot return to the starting fifteen to pack down alongside Mitchell Graham who retains his place at loosehead.

Michael Allardice and Johan Bardoul continue their locking partnership, with Tom Sanders returning to the fold to start at blindside flanker alongside co-captain Sam Cane and number 8 Michael Leitch.

There are three changes in the backs, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow getting the nod at halfback and Sam McNicol set to make his first start for the Chiefs on the right wing.

Anton Lienert-Brown has earned his first start of the season at centre with Seta Tamanivalu ready to add impact off the bench.

The rest of the backline is unchanged with first five-eighth Aaron Cruden, wing James Lowe and second five-eighth Charlie Ngatai retaining their jerseys for the third consecutive week.

20-year-old Damian McKenzie has the opportunity to shine again at fullback, hot off an exceptional performance against the Kings where he contributed 28 points to the Chiefs scorecard with a flawless kicking display and try.

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said: “The Jaguares are an impressive unit but we’ve prepared well, and are looking forward to the challenge. We’ve been well looked after since our arrival and it’s exciting to be part of the first Super Rugby game in Argentina. We’ll have to feed off the passionate and vocal crowd.”

Nepo Laulala, Mitchell Karpik, Andrew Horrell, Toni Pulu, Augustine Pulu, Dominic Bird, Shaun Stevenson, Brodie Retallick, Tevita Koloamatangi and Nathan Harris were not considered for selection.

Chiefs

1. Mitchell Graham, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita , 4. Michael Allardice , 5. Johan Bardoul , 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Sam Cane , co-captain 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden ,co-captain 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Sam McNicol , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Rhys Marshall , 17. Pauliasi Manu , 18. Siate Tokolahi , 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Maama Vaipulu , 21. Brad Weber, 22. Seta Tamanivalu , 23. Glen Fisiiahi

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