Chiefs welcome back All Blacks duo

Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam have returned to the Chiefs starting lineup for Saturday's clash with the Reds in Brisbane.

Retallick had been sidelined for four weeks with a shoulder injury, while Messam missed last weekend's match against the Highlanders when his shoulder injury flared up.

In other changes to the pack, Mitchell Graham and Siate Tokolahi will start at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively. 

Among the backs, Tim Nanai-Williams starts on the left wing with Andrew Horrell joining Charlie Ngatai in the midfield, while Bryce Heem moves to the right wing and Tom Marshall returns at fullback.

Meanwhile, the Reds have named an unchanged starting XV for the match.

The bench sees the return of hooker Saia Fainga’a from a rib injury and the potential debut of New Zealand-born Japanese Test loose forward Hendrik Tui, who has recovered from a broken leg suffered while playing in Japan.

Chiefs – 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Tim Nanai-Williams, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (c), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Subs: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Jarrod Firth, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Reds – 15 James O’Connor, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Karmichael Hunt, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8  Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (c).
Subs (one to be omitted): 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Hendrik Tui, 22 Nick Frisby, 23 Ben Tapuai, 24 Jake McIntyre.

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