Couple of changes to the Highlanders backline for Chiefs clash

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Aaron Smith is on the bench allowing Folau Fakatava his first start for the season. Fakatava had an outstanding Mitre 10 campaign for Hawkes Bay and impressed off the bench against the Crusaders in Round One.


On the bench Manaaki Selby-Rickit replaces Bryn Evans and Solomon Alaimalo rounds out the six forwards, two backs reserve bench.



Chiefs v Highlanders FMG Stadium, Hamilton, Fri 5 Mar 7.05pm

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon (cc)

3.   Siate Tokolahi

4.   Josh Dickson

5.   Jack Regan

6.   Shannon Frizell

7.   Billy Harmon

8.   Marino Mikaele-Tu’u

9.   Folau Fakatava

10. Josh Ioane

11. Jona Nareki

12. Patelesio Tomkinson

13. Ngatungane Punivai

14. Connor Garden-Bachop

15. Mitch Hunt



16. Liam Coltman

17. Josh Hohneck

18. Jeff Thwaites

19. Manaaki Selby-Rickit

20. Liam Squire

21. Aaron Smith (cc)

22. Solomon Alaimalo

23. Hugh Renton


Unavailable due to injury: Sam Gilbert (Knee), Ayden Johnstone (Concussion), Paripari Parkinson (Ankle)


Season ending injuries: Jermaine Ainsley (Ankle), Fetuli Paea (Ankle)



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