Cruden to captain Chiefs against Crusaders

The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday night in the first New Zealand round of the Investec Super Rugby competition. 

The match will be the first game on New Zealand soil for All Blacks centurion Mils Muliaina since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  It will also be the first match in Chiefs colours for prop Jamie Mackintosh and centre Robbie Fruean.

Chiefs Coach Dave Rennie said “We have a lot of respect for the Crusaders and are excited by this match up.  The boys have been training since November and we have been planning since August, so we are really looking forward to the competition starting properly.”

Friday nights match will be a great opportunity for some of the young players in the squad who have shown great potential in the last few weeks to make their Super Rugby debut.  This includes flanker Tevita Kolomatangi who starts in the number seven jersey and
Nathan Harris, James Lowe and Matt Symons/Liam Squire and Anton Lienert-Brown if confirmed to play, who get their chance to make their debuts off the bench.

The Chiefs will play their first home game at Waikato Stadium the following week on Saturday 1 March at 7.35pm against the Highlanders. 

  1. Jamie Mackintosh
  2. Rhys Marshall
  3. Ben Tameifuna
  4. Michael Fitzgerald
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Liam Messam
  7. Tevita Koloamatangi
  8. Kane Thompson
  9. Augustine Pulu
  10. Aaron Cruden ©
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  12. Charlie Ngatai
  13. Robbie Fruean
  14. Tim Nanai-Williams
  15. Mils Muliaina
  16. Nathan Harris
  17. Pauliasi Manu
  18. Ben Afeaki
  19. Matt Symons/Liam Squire
  20. Nick Crosswell
  21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  22. Andrew Horrell/Anton Lienert-Brown
  23. James Lowe

About Dave

I totally love sport. Rugby, cricket and soccer, but my first love will always be rugby. Other than sport I write my own poems and other interestings articles. I also love cooking. A man of many talents. When it come to Cricket I'm a Cape Cobras, Kolkata Knight Riders and Proteas supporter. Soccer there is only one team and that is Man United and Germany internationally. Other than that I'm a loving father and husband.

Posted on February 19, 2014, in Super 15 Rugby. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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