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Chiefs welcome back big guns for Stormers

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chiefs.co.nz     12 Mar 2014     Getty Images

With a number of players returning from injury, the Chiefs coaches have made many changes to their starting line-up and reserve selections.

Jamie Mackintosh returns to the starting line-up at prop. Brodie Retallick has been cleared to play and is joined in the locking stocks by Matt Symons. Liam Messam resumes his position at flanker with Liam Squire starting in the No 8 jersey after a solid performance off the bench last week.

James Lowe gets his first start on the wing and Tom Marshall will make his Chiefs debut at second five-eighth. Gareth Anscombe makes his long awaited return to rugby at fullback in his first match of the season. Pauliasi Manu, Michael Fitzgerald, Robbie Fruean and Asaeli Tikoirotuma all move to the bench.

The match will mark inspirational Chiefs player Tanerau Latimer’s 100th Super Rugby match. He will celebrate his 100th Chiefs match in five more games time, after he takes the field this weekend.

Chiefs Coach Dave Rennie said “Over the last couple of years the Stormers have had the best defensive record in the competition and you saw why against the Crusaders. They obviously have a lot of character in their group and they are going to be a tough defensive unit to crack.”

The first of seven Generation Homes worth $350,000 each will be up for grabs for a Chief fan who attends the game on Friday night in the ‘Score a Home’ promotion.

Nation-wide home builder and Chiefs sponsor, Generation Homes have put up the potential prize pool worth $2.45 Million for the promotion. One lucky registered Chiefs fan could win a $350,000 Generation Home house if the Chiefs player wearing the number 14 jersey scores a try in the 14th minute at any of the seven remaining 2014 home games.

To be part of the ‘Score a Home’ competition all Chiefs supporters have to do is go online at www.generation.co.nz to register and the winner must be at the stadium for the game to win and be contactable. A full list of terms and conditions are available on the Generation Homes website.

Match entertainment will feature performances from a singing duo, the Chiefs Maori Toa group, The Bank Cheerleaders and the iconic Chiefs pre-match fireworks. There will be a special guest ground announcer appearance by race caller George Simon who will join Chiefs announcer Ronnie Phillips.

For fans dressed in Chiefs colours they could be the lucky recipients of random giveaways and for the kids there will be a free bouncy castle, face painting and a free kid’s pack for Waikato Times Family Zone ticket holders. For family friendly enjoyment the Waikato Times Family Zone is an alcohol free area.

At the conclusion of the match all ticket holders are encouraged to move to the Brian Perry Stand to take part in the player autograph signing session and the presentation to Tanerau Latimer.

Match day adult tickets start at $19; children 14 and under start at $9 and kids 4 years and under are FREE on the knee. Gates to the match sponsored by Bartercard, open at 6pm.

All ticketing is available online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or by phoning 0800 4 CHIEFS or in person at Gate 1 Waikato Stadium, game week Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday game day from 9am. For more match day, ticketing and stadium information visit www.Chiefs.co.nz.

The Chiefs, Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council will run FREE shuttle buses on game night. Buses start from 6:30pm from Hood St to the Stadium and back to Hood St after the match and leave approximately every 15 minutes. Buses will travel via Victoria, Ulster and Abbotsford streets to the ground.

Jamie Mackintosh
Mahonri Schwalger
Ben Tameifuna
Matt Symons
Brodie Retallick
Liam Messam
Tanerau Latimer
Liam Squire
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Aaron Cruden ©
James Lowe
Tom Marshall
Charlie Ngatai
Tim Nanai-Williams
Gareth Anscombe

Rhys Marshall
Pauliasi Manu
Josh Hohneck
Michael Fitzgerald
Tevita Koloamatangi
Brad Webber
Robbie Fruean
Asaeli Tikoirotuma