Chiefs Super rugby head coach Colin Cooper has named his first team for the 2019 Super rugby season and match against the Highlanders at home in Hamilton.
Four promising Chiefs debutants will make their debut on Friday. Debutants include 21 year old fly half Orbyn Leger, All Blacks Sevens star Etene Nanai-Seturo, Auckland centre Tumua Manu and Tongan-born Japan international winger Ataata Moeakiola.
A special occasion for the new players, they’ll look to make their mark in the Chiefs jersey in front of the home crowd at FMG Stadium Waikato.
A vastly experienced and determined line-up includes returning All Blacks Nathan Harris, Brodie Retallick, Anton Leinert-Brown, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Angus Ta’avao. In addition to the experience an injection of talented youth in the backline will set the tone for side’s 2019 Super Rugby campaign opener.
In naming the side head coach Colin Cooper touched on the privilege these young men have to play in the Chiefs jersey.
“It will be a proud moment for our debutants when they run out with the team on Friday. It is a privilege to wear the Chiefs jersey and as a team we want to demonstrate to our whanau and supporters how proud we are to represent our region and club.”
1. Atu Moli,2. Nathan Harris,3. Angus Ta’avao ,4. Brodie Retallick,,5. Michael Allardice,6. Mitchell Brown ,7. Lachlan Boshier ,8. Tyler Ardron ,9. Brad Weber,10. Orbyn Leger*,11. Etene Nanai-Seturo**,12. Anton Lienert-Brown ,13. Tumua Manu*,14. Bailyn Sullivan,15. Shaun Stevenson ,
Replacements : 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho ,17. Aidan Ross ,18. Nepo Laulala,19. Taleni Seu ,20. Jesse Parete ,21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi ,22. Stephen Donald ,23. Ataata Moeakiola**
*denotes Chiefs debut
**denotes Super Rugby debut