Chiefs coach Warren Gatland has made two changes to his starting XV for their match with the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Sunday.
The Chiefs are looking to end their three-game losing streak when they host the Hurricanes, but that task has been become more difficult following the news that All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown would miss the match due to injury.
Lienert-Brown suffered a head knock in their defeat against the Crusaders last and is nursing a concussion. His place in the side will be filled by Tumua Manu.
Etene Nanai-Seturo comes in at left wing with Solomon Alaimalo dropping to the bench.
Gatland has named an unchanged forward pack, but made several alterations to the bench with lock Tupou Vaa’i loose forward Dylan Nel and scrumhalf Toiroa Tahuriorangi all taking up positions among the reserves.
In the reserves, young lock Tupou Vaa’i and rookie loose forward Dylan Nel return to the squad in the only two changes to the replacement forwards.
Chiefs – 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Aidan Ross
Subs: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Reuben O’Neill, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Dylan Nel, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Solomon Alaimalo.
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