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Chiefs dealt numerous injuries ahead of the clash with Moana Pasifika

Chiefs have revealed good and bad news on the injury front ahead of their Round 11 clash with Moana Pasifika, with a pair of All Blacks sidelined and one of their most promising youngsters returning for the match.

Star first five-eighth Damian Mckenzie will miss the match after suffering a concussion against the Western Force, while fellow All Blacks Samipeni Finau and Shaun Stevenson will also be on the sidelines for three to four weeks and a week respectively.

The news is unfortunately even worse for injury-prone Josh Lord, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the Super Rugby Pacific campaign due to a knee injury. This follows an ankle injury that has kept the All Black out for the majority of the Super Rugby season so far.

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Fortunately, the team welcomes back 22-year-old Gideon Wrampling, with the versatile back named in the 23 jersey for the match.

“When you understand the challenges someone like Gideon Wrampling has endured to get back to playing, you can’t help but be excited for him and others who have waited diligently for their chance to showcase their skills,” said Chiefs- head coach Clayton McMillan. .

“We look forward to being hosted by Moana Pasifika during Culture Week. It was great to see the interest and atmosphere created during their match in Tonga last week, and I am sure their New Zealand supporters will be keen to support them as we enter an important phase for all teams.”

With McKenzie out, young Josh Jacomb has been given the number 10 jersey, while Manaaki Selby-Rickit replaces the injured locks and Daniel Rona takes on duties on the left wing while Etene Nanai-Seturo pops up at wing-back to cover Stevenson.

The Chiefs landed a record 10 tries the last time the two teams met, but McMillan was under no illusions that his team would face an improved Moana Pasifika team this time.

“We expect to meet an enthusiastic Moana Pasifika team. We know that history is not always a good predictor of your future, so we are not taking anything for granted, despite our recent success against them in round seven,” said McMillan.

“The team has been hit by injuries in recent weeks, mainly at lock down, but we are fortunate to have some depth in that position. No team is immune to injury setbacks in a collision-based sport, and we have always believed that it takes a full squad to go deep in the competition.

The Chiefs have included every iwi, tribe and/or region from matchday 23 in their team name to celebrate Super Rugby’s culture round.

The Chiefs team will take on Moana Pasifika

1. Ollie Norris – Ngōpuhi
2. Samisoni Taukei’aho – Fahefa, ‘Ofu Vava’u (Tonga)
3. Ruben O’Neill – Taranaki
4. Manaaki Selby-Rickit – Ng?ti Raukawa / Ng?ti T?wharetoa
5. Tupou Vaa’i – Petani Eua, Koloa Vavau (Tonga)
6. Simon Parker – Northland
7. Luke Jacobson (captain) – Waikato
8. Wallace Sititi – Alafua, Lotopa, Safaatoa, Tufulele (Samoa)
9. Xavier Roe – Coromandel
10. Josh Jacomb – Taranaki
11. Daniel Rona – Te ʻti Awa
12. Quinn Tupaea – Tainui
13. Anton Lienert-Brown – Lepea Faleata, Lalo Vaea and Lotofaga
14. Liam Coombes-Fabling – Waikato
15. Etene Nanai-Seturo – Falelatai and Salelologa Savaii (Samoa)

Reservations

16. Tyrone Thompson – Ng?i T?manuhiri / Ng?ti Rangiwewehi
17. Jared Proffit – Ngāti Porou
18. Sione Ahio – Pea, Niua Toputapu and Alaki Fonua
19. Hamilton Burr – Scotland
20. Kaylum Boshier – Taranaki
21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi – Ngāti Pikiao
22. Rameka Poihipi – Te Arawa
23. Gideon Wrampling – Lalomanu Samoa, Alofi Niue

Not available for selection: Kaleb Trask (groin), Damian McKenzie (concussion), Shaun Stevenson (hamstring), Samipeni Finau (AC joint/shoulder), Jimmy Tupou (eye socket/nose fracture), Josh Lord (knee).