Ngatai back to face Crusaders
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named his strongest possible team to do battle with the Crusaders in their Super Rugby semifinal on Saturday.
There are just two changes to the starting XV that defeated the Stormers 17-11 in a spirited Cape Town quarterfinal contest last weekend.
Resilient midfielder Charlie Ngatai returns from an ankle injury to start at inside centre.
That means veteran utility back Stephen Donald vacates the No.12 jersey to bolster the bench.
Experienced Samoan-International Tim Nanai-Williams is promoted from the reserves to start on the right wing.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.
Date: Saturday, July 29
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)