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Cooper makes four Chiefs changes for Blues

Liam Messam has been named in the Chiefs team

Chiefs Super Rugby head coach Colin Cooper has named a team with four changes for this Friday’s New Zealand derby match against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.

Both teams have everything to play for and are looking to get their respective seasons underway with a win after hard-fought losses in their opening games last weekend.


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Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper has made four changes to the starting fifteen who competed against the Crusaders in Christchurch last Saturday.

There are two changes in the forward pack, with Michael Allardice coming in to partner Brodie Retallick at lock and the ever experienced Liam Messam starting in the loose forwards with Sam Cane and Taleni Seu.

Sean Wainui makes his first start for the Chiefs on the wing with the talented Shaun Stevenson moving to fullback.

Chiefs

1. Aidan Ross, 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Michael Allardice , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane, 8. Taleni Seu, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Damian McKenzie, 11. Solomon Alaimalo , 12. Johnny Faauli, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Sean Wainui , 15. Shaun Stevenson

Replacements :16. Liam Polwart, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Mitchell Brown*/ Luke Jacobson, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Tiaan Falcon, 23. Bailyn Sullivan/Declan O’Donnell

* Pending a fitness test

Unavailable for selection: Dominic Bird, Tim Nanai-Williams, Charlie Ngatai, Toni Pulu, Fin Hoeata, Alex Nankivell, Tyler Ardron, Regan Verney, Mitchell Graham, Sosefo Kautai, Sam McNicol, Atu Moli, Kane Hames, Marty McKenzie, Levi Aumua