– 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)
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