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Chiefs squad named to play the Blues in Waihi

Sam Cane has been named to captain the Chiefs in 2020. File photo.

The Gallagher Chiefs will kick off their 2020 campaign in front of a sold-out Waihi crowd today when they take the field to face the Blues.

This will be the side’s only pre-season fixture before they launch into the Investec Super Rugby season against the Blues at Eden Park on Friday, January 31.

Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Warren Gatland has named a 35-man squad to take part in the pre-season match.

The starting fifteen features the return of All Black Damian McKenzie, and several rookies including talented Bay of Plenty first five Kaleb Trask, Waikato’s Quinn Tupaea and Tasman prop Ryan Coxon.

It is expected the sold-out crowd will be in for an entertaining tussle between the two sides across four 20-minute quarters.

Local Waihi company, Harcourts Gold Star Real Estate Waihi will be encouraging both sides to cross the try line as often as possible. For every try scored during the match, Harcourts Gold Star Real Estate Waihi will donate $100 to the Australian bushfire relief efforts.

The Chiefs Rugby Club will also match this. Splice Construction are also donating to the Australian bushfire relief efforts, contributing a dollar for every match attendee.

Those lucky enough to have purchased their tickets early are reminded to adhere to the conditions of entry, which can be found on www.chiefs.co.nz.

Gallagher Chiefs squad is:

1. Ryan Coxon

2. Samisoni Taukei’aho

3. Reuben O'Neill

4. Laghlan McWhannell

5. Tyler Ardron

6. Mitchell Brown

7. Mitchell Karpik

8. Pita Gus Sowakula

9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

10. Kaleb Trask

11. Shaun Stevenson

12. Tumua Manu

13. Quinn Tupaea

14. Sean Wainui

15. Damian McKenzie

Reserves:

16. Bradley Slater

17. Ollie Norris

18. Ross Geldenhuys

19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi

20. Lachlan Boshier

21. Lisati Milo-Harris

22. Orbyn Leger

23. Solomon Alaimalo

24. Tiaan Falcon

25. Leroy Carter

26. James Thompson

27. Tupou Vaa'i

28. Aidan Ross

29. Simon Parker

30. Josh Lord

31. Donald Maka

32. Bailyn Sullivan

33. Dylan Nel

34. Robb Cobb

35. Alex Nankivell

The Gallagher Chiefs will kick off their Investec Super Rugby season against the Blues at Eden Park on Friday, January 31, at 7.05pm.

They will return home in round two to play the Crusaders in their first home game of the season at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday, February 8.

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