It’s the penultimate round of the inaugural Super Rugby season and we kick off with a nice little New Zealand derby in Hamilton where the Chiefs tackle the Hurricanes. There has been more transfer news regarding these two teams than any other and will have the players’ minds elsewhere.
The Chiefs had news filter through that their pivot Stephen Donald will leave after the Super Season, to play in the UK. For the Hurricanes, it has come to light that both Skipper Andres Hore and inspirational centre Ma’a Nonu will not be getting new contracts and will be leaving the Hurricanes after this season.
All three these players have been named in their respective starting teams and will have a point to prove. It should make for an entertaining game, kick off is at 9h40.
Chiefs :1. Ben May,2. Hika Elliot,3. Nathan White,4. Craig Clarke,5. Isaac Ross,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Fritz Lee,9. Brendon Leonard,10. Stephen Donald,11. Sitiveni Sivivatu,12. Dwayne Sweeney,13. Richard Kahui,14. Lelia Masaga,15. Mils Muliaina (Captain)
Reserves:16. Aled de Malmanche,17. Toby Smith,18. Culum Retallick,19. Matt Vant Leven,20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,21. Tim Nanai-Williams,22. Jackson Willison
Hurricanes:1. John Schwalger,2. Andrew Hore (c) ,3. Neemia Tialata,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. Piri Weepu,10. Aaron Cruden,11. Hosea Gear,12. Ma’a Nonu,13. Alapati Leiua,14. Julian Savea,15. Cory Jane
Reserves:16. Dane Coles,17. Jacob Ellison,18. Jason Eaton,19. Mark Reddish / Karl Lowe,20. Tyson Keats,21. Jayden Hayward,22. Richard Buckman
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence, Nick Briant
Television match official: Ben Skeen