Chiefs Super Rugby head coach Dave Rennie has named Stephen ‘Beaver’ Donald to start his 100th game for the Chiefs this weekend against the Waratahs.
The 33-year-old will become just the fourth player in Chiefs history to achieve this rare feat, joining Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam and Hika Elliot in the exclusive milestone club.
Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said Donald deserves to run out in front of a vast and boisterous crowd when he takes the field against the Waratahs this Saturday.
“Stephen Donald’s already a Chiefs legend. Adored by his teammates and fans alike, he is a special and passionate Chiefs man who has had a prolific on-field career. Come and join the party, crack open a Waikato and help us raise a toast to Beaver, the hard-working good bugger” said Rennie.
Head coach Dave Rennie has made just two changes to the starting fifteen who recorded their first ever draw against the Blues at Eden Park last Friday.
The changes see Stephen Donald don jersey 12 for his 100th match and speedster Toni Pulu start on the right wing. Of note in the reserves is the inclusion of 22-year-old Bay of Plenty hooker Liam Polwart. The former New Zealand Under 20s representative is line to make his Investec Super Rugby debut off the bench.
Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Glen Fisiiahi, Charlie Ngatai, Sam McNicol were unavailable for selection.
1. Kane Hames,2. Nathan Harris,3. Nepo Laulala,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Mitchell Brown ,7. Sam Cane (co-captain),8. Liam Messam,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow ,10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain) ,11. James Lowe ,12. Stephen Donald ,13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Toni Pulu,15. Damian McKenzie
Replacements :16. Liam Polwart**,17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi ,18. Atu Moli,19. Taleni Seu,20. Mitchell Karpik,21. Jonathan Taumateine ,22. Tim Nanai-Williams ,23. Solomon Alaimalo
**denotes Super Rugby debut