Richard Kahui starts for Chiefs against Blues

The Chiefs have named their team to play the Blues in their Super Rugby match at Mount Maunganui on Saturday with Richard Kahui earning his first start.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made several changes to the side that beat the Highlanders last weekend.

Prop Toby Smith, flanker Tanerau Latimer, No 8 Fritz Lee and second five-eighth Bundee Aki all earn a starting spot.

On the back of his solid return off the bench after a ten month injury break, centre Richard Kahui will make his first start in the no 13 jersey.

Halfback Augustine Pulu will start after Tawera Kerr-Barlow broke his jaw and Brendon Leonard will make his timely return on the bench after recovering from a cheek injury.

Nick Crosswell, Sam Cane and Andrew Horrell all join the reserves.

Chiefs Coach Dave Rennie said “The Blues are a very good side.

“They obviously had impressive victories against other New Zealand franchises in their opening weeks and had a few arm wrestles that they could have won. We have a lot of respect for them and this will be a big occasion for both sides.”

Chiefs

1.Toby Smith, 2.Hika Elliot, 3.Ben Afeaki, 4.Michael Fitzgerald, 5.Brodie Retallick, 6.Liam Messam (c), 7.Tanerau Latimer
8.Fritz Lee, 9.Augustine Pulu, 10.Aaron Cruden, 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12.Bundee Aki, 13.Richard Kahui, 14.Lelia Masaga
15.Gareth Anscombe

Replacements: 16.Rhys Marshall, 17.Ben Tameifuna, 18.Nick Crosswell, 19.Sam Cane, 20.Brendon Leonard, 21.Andrew Horrell, 22.Patrick Osborne

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