Injury changes for Chiefs

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Injury changes for Chiefs

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has been forced into changing his team to face the Force this weekend.

Injuries rule out backs Richard Kahui, Tim Nanai-Williams, Andrew Horrell and Charlie Ngatai. The midfield combination sees Bundee Aki and Save Takula join forces. Aaron Cruden gets a break, dropping to the bench. Gareth Anscombe takes his place, another new combination in the half backs, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow returning from injury.

Another player returning from injury is Robbie Robinson, who starts his first game of the season at fullback. Patrick Osborne is also back in the mix, starting on the wing.

Amongst the forwards, Ben Afeaki returns to the front row, joining Hika Elliot and Toby Smith in a strong pack.

Chiefs: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Lelia Masaga, 13. Save Tokula, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Matt Vant Leven, 7. Sam Cane, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke (c), 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Hika Elliot, 1. Toby Smith. Substitutes: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. Ben Tameifuna, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Tanerau Latimer, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Aaron Cruden, 22. Asaeli Tikoirotuma.