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Elliot to win 100th Chiefs cap against Crusaders

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Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named his team to play the Crusaders in Fiji for the first time and will Hika Elliot playing his 100th game for the Chiefs.

The match is a historic first for Super Rugby and holds extra significance as it will decide the top of the New Zealand Conference for this week.

Accordingly Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named an experienced lineup to play the Crusaders.

In the forwards Kane Hames, Hika Elliot and Japan prop Hiroshi Yamashita pack down in the front row, with Dominic Bird and Brodie Retallick forming a formidable locking partnership.

The skillset and work ethic of Taleni Seu, Sam Cane and Tom Sanders make for a potent loose forward combination.

In the backs, Brad Weber dons jersey nine, with Stephen Donald’s exceptional performance against Wales being rewarded with a start at first five-eighth.

Anton Lienert-Brown and Seta Tamanivalu link up in the mid-field, while James Lowe, Toni Pulu and Damian McKenzie complete the backline in jerseys 11, 14 and 15 respectively.

Nepo Laulala, Mitchell Karpik, Pauliasi Manu, Sam Henwood, Johan Bardoul, Glen Fisiiahi, Maama Vaipulu, Michael Allardice, Rhys Marshall, Mitchell Graham, Tevita Koloamatangi, Michael Leitch, Chase Tiatia, Charlie Ngatai, Augustine Pulu (All Blacks Sevens) and Shaun Stevenson (New Zealand U20s) were all not considered for selection due to injury.

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Taleni Seu , 7. Sam Cane (cc) 8. Tom Sanders, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Stephen Donald , 11. James Lowe , 12. Anton Lienert-Brown , 13. Seta Tamanivalu , 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 18. Atu Moli , 19. Mitchell Brown , 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Aaron Cruden, 23. Sam McNicol

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