Rugby: Wholesale changes to Chiefs

Co-captain Craig Clarke returns at lock after being a late withdrawal from last week's match against the Crusaders. Photo / Getty Images.
Co-captain Craig Clarke returns at lock after being a late withdrawal from last week's match against the Crusaders. Photo / Getty Images.

There have been wholesale changes to the Chiefs side for Friday night's Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Co-captain Craig Clarke returns at lock after being a late withdrawal from last week's match against the Crusaders, while there are a further four changes in the forwards.

Prop Toby Smith, hooker Hika Elliot and loose forwards Tanerau Latimer and Kane Thompson also come into the pack.

In the backs, Lelia Masaga is back on the right wing and Jackson Willison returns at centre.

Andrew Horrell moves to fullback and Robbie Robinson switches to the wing.

Full team: Toby Smith, Hika Elliot, Ben Tameifuna, Craig Clarke (c), Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Tanerau Latimer, Kane Thompson, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Robbie Robinson, Sonny Bill Williams, Jackson Willison, Lelia Masaga, Andrew Horrell.

Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Sona Taumalolo (50th Chiefs match), Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Brendon Leonard, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Tim Nanai-Williams.

- APNZ

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