McKenzie back at No.10 for Sunwolves clash
McKenzie back at No.10 for Sunwolves clashSHARE
Canadian recruit Tyler Ardron comes into the locking department to partner Brodie Retallick. It's the Canadian's first start for the team, after an impressive cameo off the bench against the Blues in Round Three. Taleni Seu also comes into the loose forwards after a rest last weekend.
In the backline, Marty McKenzie starts at fullback with brother Damian moving to flyhalf. The quick-footed Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi starts at scrumhalf, after making a fantastic impact as a substitute in the 41-28 victory against the Bulls last week.
Speedster Toni Pulu is back from injury for the first time this season at right wing.
Waikato youngster Bailyn Sullivan is in line to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench in the No.23 jersey. Bailyn has been training with the squad throughout the pre-season and is also a member of the University of Waikato Chiefs Taua Development squad.
Chiefs: 15 Marty McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukaufe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Sean Wainui, 23 Bailyn Sullivan.
Date: Saturday, March 24
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 13.15 (17.15 NZ time; 04.15 GMT)
Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Aki Aso (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)