Quinn Tupaea, an All Blacks midfielder, has switched positions for Friday’s Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Waratahs at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Following the 45-12 triumph over Moana Pasifika in Hamilton last weekend, Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan made eight changes to his starting lineup, including Tupaea on the left-wing.
The seven-time All Black replaces Etene Nanai-Seturo, who was a star at FMG Stadium Waikato four days ago, in the No 11 jersey to form a new outside back three that also includes Jonah Lowe, who replaces Shaun Stevenson on the right flank.
Stevenson (knee) and co-captain Brad Weber (shoulder) were both injured in the Moana Pasifika encounter, joining All Blacks trio Brodie Retallick (thumb), Anton Lienert-Brown (shoulder), and Josh Ioane (thumb) on the injury list (ribs).
Following consultations with doctors later this week, the length of Stevenson and Weber’s absences will be assessed, with the latter’s absence giving youngster Cortez Ratima a second consecutive starting opportunity at halfback.
The forward pack sees the most changes, with an altered loose forward three captained. By All Blacks flanker Luke Jacobson, co-captain Sam Cane, and in-form No 8 Pita Gus Sowakula.
The Chiefs on the Waratahs
The Chiefs will travel to Melbourne with an additional four players – Atu Moli, Tyrone Thompson, and Kaylum Boshier. And Kaleb Trask – in addition to the group picked to face the Waratahs. Mitch Brown will join the team following this week’s encounter.
|Aidan Ross||Cortez Ratima|
|Samisoni Taukei’aho||Bryn Gatland|
|Angus Ta’avao||Quinn Tupaea|
|Josh Lord||Rameka Poihipi|
|Tupou Vaa’i||Alex Nankivell|
|Luke Jacobson||Jonah Lowe|
Pita Gus Sowakula
Most Blacks hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho and tighthead prop Aidan Ross also begin at the front of the row. With Bradley Slater and Ollie Norris relegated to the substitutes last week.
Bradley Slater and Norris are two of four newcomers on the bench, which also includes youthful halves Xavier Roe and Rivez Reihana, as well as midfielder Inga Finau, who is set to make his Chiefs debut after previously playing for the Crusaders. However, as the regular season closes down and the playoff series begins in June you can visit okbet.com for more updated rugby news.