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Chiefs v Highlanders live, Super Rugby Pacific updates

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Live updates of the Super Rugby Pacific clash between the Chiefs and Highlanders in Hamilton.

The Chiefs will face the Highlanders

All Blacks lock Josh Lord joins the starting line-up for the first time this season, while Bradley Slater starts at halfback in place of Samisoni Taukei’aho, who is rested for the week as part of the All Blacks’ load management.

Daniel Rona takes the starting spot in Naravana’s usual position at right-back after an impressive display last weekend, with Quinn Tupaea starting alongside Rameka Poihipi in midfield as Anton Lienert-Brown is unavailable following a head injury assessment in last weekend’s win. Fijian drua.

1. Jared Proffitt

2. Bradley Slater

3. Reuben O’Neill

4. Josh Lord

5. Watchtower

6. Champagne controversy

7. Kyle Boshier

8. Luke Jacobson (c)

9. Cortez Ratima

10. Damian McKenzie

11. Etienne Nanai-Seturo

12. Quinn Tupea

13. Lamech Joseph

14. Daniel Rona

15. Shaun Stevenson

Reserves

16. Tyrone Thompson

17. Aidan Ross

18. George Dyer

19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi

20. Wallace Street

21. Xavier Roe

22. Josh Ioane

23. Emoni Narava

The Highlanders will face the Chiefs

Ethan de Groot will be unavailable for the Highlanders’ game against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon due to head injury assessment protocols, while lock Max Hick has a wrist injury.

However, they welcome back Pari Pari Parkinson alongside Fabian Holland, while Shaun Wee, Billy Harmon and Tom Sanders make up the loose trio.

In the backline, Rhys Patchell and Jona Nareki return to the starting side in the first five and eight respectively and on the left wing.

1. Ayden Johnstone

2. Henry Bell

3. Saul Mau

4. Fabian Holland

5. Pari Pari Parkinson

6. Sean Withy

7. Billy Harmon (c)

8. Tom Sanders

9. Fast forward

10. Rhys Patchell

11. Jonah Nareki

12. Sam Gilbert

13. Daniel the Great

14. Timoji Tavatavanawai

15. Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens

Reserves:

16. Jack Taylor

17. Daniel Lienert-Brown

18. Jermaine Ainsley

19. Oliver Hague

20. Nicholas Broughton

21. James Arscott

22. Ajay Faleafaga

23. Connor Garden-Bachop

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