Chiefs ‘rush’ their All Blacks back




The Chiefs wasted no time in bringing back their All Blacks that have been on a World Cup conditioning programme for the past seven weeks.

All three their national team regulars – who come off the conditioning programme this week – have been named in the Chiefs Wider Training Group team to take on their Blues counterparts in Auckland on Tuesday.

Sitiveni Sivivatu, Byron Kelleher and Mils Muliaina will take part in their first rugby match of the year when they join fellow Chiefs Wider Training Group, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Counties players for the fixture.

The Blues’ conditioning All Blacks are also expected to be playing in this fixture, although the Auckland franchise has not released an official team yet.

The Chiefs Wider Training Group team will be coached by Kevin Putt, with Paul Hodder as team manager.

Chiefs Wider Training Group squad:

Forwards: Sekope Kepu (Wider Training Group), Vern Kamo (Wider Training Group), Ted Tauroa (Waikato), Mark Burman (Waikato), Andrew van der Heidjen (Wider Training Group), Warren Smith (Bay of Plenty), James Maher (Counties Manukau), Steven Setephano (Wider Training Group), John Paeranga (Wider Training Group), Matt Wallis (Bay of Plenty), Romana Graham (Waikato), Aaron Rameka (Bay of Plenty), Jono Armstrong (Waikato), Craig West (Chiefs).

Backs: Byron Kelleher (Chiefs), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Chiefs), Cory Aporo (Wider Training Group), Malu Sa’u (Counties Manukau), Mils Muliaina (Chiefs), David Bason (Wider Training Group), Mike Delaney (Wider Training Group), Roimata Hansell-Pune (Waikato), Jared Payne (Waikato), Anthony Tahana (Chiefs), Murray Williams (Chiefs).


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