Chiefs face anxious wait on McKenzie
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Chiefs utility back Damian McKenzie has been bracketed in the starting XV for their Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes on Friday.
The Chiefs' playmaker McKenzie sustained a rib injury during the side's 21-19 win over the Blues last weekend.
Despite being doubtful for this weekend, head coach Colin Cooper has opted to bracketed the talisman with his brother Marty McKenzie for the crucial New Zealand Derby.
Aside from the nervy wait at the flyhalf position, the coach made two definite changes to the starting fifteen. Taleni Seu comes back at No.8, and co-Captain Charlie Ngatai resuming action at fullback, with Solomon Alaimalo moving to the wing in place of the injured Toni Pulu.
Alex Nankivell is on the bench again this week after a return from having his appendix removed.
Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie/Marty McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron/Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao-Matau, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Marty McKenzie/Tiaan Falcon, 23 Alex Nankivell
Date: Friday, April 13
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.30 (07.30 GMT)
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Referees: Ben O'Keeffe & Cam Stone