Chiefs: Predicted line-up for round one

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Although the Chiefs are without the services of Brodie Retallick in 2020, and will likely miss All Blacks Nathan Harris and Luke Jacobsen through injury in the opening round, they should still field a solid forward pack. The biggest focus will be on the second row where Canadian talisman Tyler Ardron looks to fill Retallick’s massive boots. Sam Cane will captain the side from number seven while Adam Thomson could well cap off an incredible return to New Zealand rugby after falling seriously ill in Japan in 2017.

 

The Chiefs backline is looking dangerous. The return of Aaron Cruden will likely push Damian McKenzie back to his usual position of fullback. Brad Weber and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi will share the halfback duties while Anton Lienert-Brown and Alex Nankivell will build on their impressive partnership from 2019.

 

Chiefs predicted team for round 1:

 

1. Atu Moli

2. Samisoni Taukei’aho

3. Nepo Laulala

4. Michael Allardice

5. Tyler Ardron

6. Adam Thomson

7. Sam Cane

8. Pita Gus Sowakula

9. Brad Weber

10. Aaron Cruden

11. Solomon Alaimalo

12. Alex Nankivell

13. Anton Lienert-Brown

14. Sean Wainui

15. Damian McKenzie

 

16. Bradley Slater

17. Aidan Ross

18. Angus Ta’avao

19. Mitchell Brown

20. Lachlan Boshier

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

22. Tumua Manu

23. Shaun Stevenson

 

 

 

The Chiefs kick off their season against the Blues on Friday January 31 at Eden Park. Grab your Chiefs season tickets here.

 

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