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Chiefs start Donald at centre against Stormers

Hamilton , New Zealand - 20 June 2017; Stephen Donald of the Chiefs during the match between the Chiefs and the British & Irish Lions at FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Chiefs Super rugby head coach Dave Rennie has named his team to play the Stormers with Stephen Donald starting at second five-eighth for the quarter-final at Newlands.

Almost a year to the day, the Chiefs will meet the Stormers again in their quarterfinal at Newlands, Cape Town.

In the midfield Centurion Stephen Donald starts at 12 filling the gap created by Charlie Ngatai’s injury and he will be partnered by Anton Lienert-Brown.

Also in the backs, veteran halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow will start in jersey nine with co-captain Aaron Cruden to steer the ship at 1st five-eighth.

James Lowe, Solomon Alaimalo and Damian McKenzie complete an exciting backline in jerseys 11, 14 and 15 respectively.

In the forwards, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Nepo Laulala form a formidable front row, with the hard-working duo of Brodie Retallick and Mitchell Brown partnering at lock.

Liam Messam, co-captain Sam Cane and Michael Leitch form a highly experienced loose forward trio.

Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Sam McNicol, Toni Pulu, Taleni Seu, Charlie Ngatai and Alex Nankivell were all unavailable for selection.

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames , 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Mitchell Brown , 6. Liam Messam (, 7. Sam Cane (c) , 8. Michael Leitch, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (c) , 11. James Lowe , 12. Stephen Donald , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Solomon Alaimalo , 15. Damian McKenzie ,

Replacements : 16. Liam Polwart, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Atu Moli, 19. Dominic Bird, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Tim Nanai-Williams, 23. Shaun Stevenson