Sam Cane has been elevated to the Chiefs’ starting line-up for the crunch match against the Crusaders on Friday.
Cane will wear the No 7 jersey and go head-to-head with Crusaders opensider Richie McCaw at the breakdown. The Chiefs have been forced to make another change to their back row, with Alex Bradley stepping in for the injured No 8 Kane Thompson.
Prop Sona Taumalolo is also back in the starting team while Andrew Horrell is preferred to Jackson Willison at No 13.
Chiefs – 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Alex Bradley, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Romana Graham, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Lelia Masaga.