A 27-man squad has been confirmed to travel across the ditch today for two matches against the Waratahs and Reds before the team returns home to face the Brumbies at FMG Stadium Waikato on May 7th. Super Round Melbourne will feature all 12 Super Rugby Pacific teams playing Round 10 fixtures at AAMI Park this weekend.
In the front row, Aidan Ross regains his starting spot at loosehead prop, joined by the returning All Black hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho, while Angus Ta’avao keeps his tighthead prop position.
In the loose forwards, after captaining the side to victory over Moana Pasifika last weekend, Luke Jacobson shifts to blindside flanker as Gallagher Chiefs Co-captain Sam Cane returns to start at openside. The powerful Pita Gus Sowakula returns to don his familiar number 8 jersey.
The only changes to the backline that faced Moana Pasifika are on the wings. Quinn Tupaea returns to start on the left wing while Jonah Lowe shifts to a starting position on the right.
In the reserves, Bradley Slater will provide cover at hooker while Ollie Norris shifts to the bench in jersey 17. The only other changes to the bench are in the backline. Xavier Roe returns from injury to cover halfback and Inga Finau has been brought in as a back replacement, possibly in-line to make his Super Rugby Pacific debut in jersey 23.
Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan is focused on growth as the team transition towards playing Australian-based sides leading into the finals.
Additional players to travel with the twenty-three today include Kaylum Boshier, Atu Moli, Kaleb Trask and Tyrone Thompson. Mitch Brown is also scheduled to join the team after the match against the Waratahs.
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Gallagher Chiefs to face Waratahs (Super Round Melbourne)
1. Aidan Ross
2. Samisoni Taukei’aho
3. Angus Ta’avao
4. Josh Lord
5. Tupou Vaa’i
6. Luke Jacobson
7. Sam Cane ©
8. Pita Gus Sowakula
9. Cortez Ratima
10. Bryn Gatland
11. Quinn Tupaea
12. Rameka Poihipi
13. Alex Nankivell
14. Jonah Lowe
15. Chase Tiatia
Reserves: 16. Bradley Slater 17. Ollie Norris 18. George Dyer 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi 20. Samipeni Finau 21. Xavier Roe 22. Rivez Reihana 23. Inga Finau*