No Cane for Chiefs
The Chiefs will be without flanker Sam Cane for their showdown against the Hurricanes in Wellington this Friday after suffering a back strain in training.
The Friday fixture is the first of five in a row for the Chiefs against other New Zealand franchises.
Dave Rennie has made one change to his front-row with Pauliasi Manu starting at loosehead.
Tanerau Latimer takes on the duties in the seven jersey with Cane ruled out with a slight back strain and Charlie Ngatai joins Bundee Aki in midfield.
Nick Crosswell makes his return from injury on the bench and is joined by Save Tokula. Hawkes Bay's Dan Waenga has been called into the side as injury cover and gets the opportunity to make his Chiefs debut off the replacements bench.
The Chiefs next home game will be at Hamilton when they take on the Crusaders on Friday, May 24 at Waikato Stadium.
Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Mike Fitzgerald, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 August Pulu, 21 Dan Waenga, 22 Save Tokula.
Date: Friday, May 17
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)