Chiefs ring the changes ahead of rumble with Reds

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has decided to ring the changes in his side that will front up to the 2011 Champions, the Reds.Teamsheets

–          Sam Cane, Tanerau Latimer and Liam Messam start in the back row.

–          Messam regains the captaincy.

–          Ben Tameifuna starts in the front row.

–          Tim Nanai-Williams returns from injury to start on the wing.

–          Fritz Lee drops to the bench.

–          Michael Kainga makes his first appearance of the season on the bench.

“The Reds are a high quality side that has got some world class players. I have been impressed by what I saw of them against the Highlanders. We got toweled up against them last year so it is going to be a hell of a challenge,” said Rennie.

The Chiefs host the Reds in Waikato on Saturday, KO 04:35 CAT (03:35 BST)

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Chiefs

1.Toby Smith , 2.Hika Elliot , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Michael Fitzgerald , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Tanerau Latimer , 7.Sam Cane , 8.Liam Messam (c), 9.August Pulu , 10.Aaron Cruden , 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12.Bundee Aki , 13.Richard Kahui , 14.Tim Nanai William , 15.Gareth Anscombe

Replacements: 16.Rhys Marshall , 17.Michael Kainga , 18.Nick Crosswell , 19.Fritz Lee , 20.Brendon Leonard , 21.Andrew Horrell , 22.Patrick Osborne

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