Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Kahui returns for the Chiefs

The New Zealand international returns for the Chiefs match with Western Force but Mils Muliaina is still out injured.

Richard Kahui will return to the Chiefs starting line-up for their Super 14 match against the Western Force, but his fellow New Zealand international Mils Muliaina remains on the injured list. Kahui has missed the past two games with a hip injury but passed a fitness test today to reclaim his midfield berth for Friday's match in Hamilton. His inclusion is the only change to the backline from the 22-15 loss to the Sharks last weekend. Muliaina has not fully recovered from a back strain he suffered while getting up from his seat in a team video session, although the coach Ian Foster said his skipper was progressing well. Foster has been forced to rejig his pack with Sione Lauaki ruled out because of a hamstring strain.

Tanerau Latimer moves to the blindside, opening the way for Serge Lilo to earn his first starting spot in the number seven jersey while captain Liam Messam goes to No 8. In the front row, Ben May returns at loosehead prop alongside Aled de Malmanche and James McGougan. The Chiefs have yet to win after three rounds of the tournament but have picked up a bonus point from each match. "We have made progress but it is essential we build on the standards we have set and continue to improve for this encounter," Foster said. The Western Force are fourth on the table after bouncing back from a round-one loss to the Blues with victories against the Cheetahs and Brumbies.

Squad: Sosene Anesi; Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Callum Bruce, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Stephen Donald, Brendon Leonard; Ben May, Aled de Malmanche, James McGougan, Craig Clarke, Kevin O'Neill, Tanerau Latimer, Serge Lilo, Liam Messam (captain). Replacements: Hika Elliot, Joe Savage, Toby Lynn, Colin Bourke, Toby Morland, Mike Delany, Jackson Willison. *PA Sport

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Mitchell Johnson of Kings XI Punjab bowling in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday. Pawan Singh / The National / April 20, 2014

IPL Day 5 action in Sharjah

Images from the fifth day of the Indian Premier League in the UAE on Sunday, with Kings XI Punjab beating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with eight balls remaining.

 Raheem Sterling of Liverpool scores the opening goal against Norwich City on Sunday at Carrow Road. Michael Regan / Getty Images / April 20, 2014

In pictures: Sterling, Suarez inch Liverpool closer to title

Raheem Sterling, with a double, and Luis Suarez accounted for all three goals in Liverpool’s 3-2 away win over Norwich City on Sunday, leaving them five points up on Chelsea with three left to play.

 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National