Super Rugby: Chiefs name four debutants in stun squad to confront the Highlanders

The Chiefs have named a stun lineup for their Super Rugby opener against the Highlanders on Friday.

21-year-old midfielder Orbyn Leger will make his presentation at No10 instead of harmed All Black Damian McKenzie.

Leger, a Counties Manukau player who wasn’t named in the underlying Chiefs squad of 29, will happen of position in the greatest amazement in the squad which incorporates three different debutants.

All Blacks Sevens star Etene Nanai-Seturo, Auckland focus Tumua Manu and Tongan-conceived Japan worldwide winger Ataata Moeakiola will join Leger as alternate debutants on Friday.

Leger, who played for the Blues last season, would have been behind Damian McKenzie, Marty McKenzie, Tiaan Falcon and Jack Debreczeni as the Chiefs’ initial five alternatives, however with wounds assaulting their squad, Leger got approval, with the returning Stephen Donald named on the seat.

Damian McKenzie would have been the principal decision, however was a late scratch because of a lower leg thump, his sibling Marty will likewise miss the beginning of the period with hip damage, Falcon is out for the season with Achilles damage, and Debreczeni has a stomach strain.

A generally incomprehensibly experienced line-up incorporates restoring All Blacks Nathan Harris, Brodie Retallick, Anton Leinert-Brown, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Angus Ta’avao.

In naming the side, head mentor Colin Cooper addressed the benefit of playing for the Chiefs shirt for the young fellows.

“It will be a glad minute for our debutants when they run out with the group on Friday,” Cooper said. “It is a benefit to wear the Chiefs shirt and as a group we need to exhibit to our whanau and supporters that we are so glad to speak to our area and club.”

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Boss group:

1. Atu Moli (29)

2. Nathan Harris (44)

3. Angus Ta’avao (17)

4. Brodie Retallick (98) ©

5. Michael Allardice (34)

6. Mitchell Brown (21)

7. Lachlan Boshier (30)

8. Tyler Ardron (10)

9. Brad Weber (57)

10. Orbyn Leger*

11. Etene Nanai-Seturo**

12. Anton Lienert-Brown (55)

13. Tumua Manu*

14. Bailyn Sullivan (1)

15. Shaun Stevenson (33)


16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (9)

17. Aidan Ross (13)

18. Nepo Laulala (17)

19. Taleni Seu (34)

20. Jesse Parete (9)

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (17)

22. Stephen Donald (104)

23. Ataata Moeakiola**

* Chiefs debut

** Super Rugby debut

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