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Retallick returns from six-week lay-off

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Retallick returns from six-week lay-off

New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick will return to action with the Chiefs on Friday after a six-week lay-off.

Retallick, the 2014 World Rugby Player of the Year, suffered a pectoral injury against the Crusaders in Super Rugby on June 2, ruling him out of the All Blacks’ series against France.

But the 27-year-old has been selected to start at number four in the Chiefs side to face rivals the Hurricanes in Hamilton.

The Hurricanes are five points clear of the Chiefs in the New Zealand Conference, heading into this final fixture, although both teams are assured of a post-season place.

The Chiefs squad to face the Hurricanes is:

15. Solomon Alaimalo
14. Toni Pulu
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
12. Charlie Ngatai (co- capt)
11. Shaun Stevenson
10. Marty McKenzie
9. Brad Weber
8. Jesse Parete
7. Mitchell Karpik
6. Lachlan Boshier
5. Tyler Ardron
4. Brodie Retallick
3. Angus Taavao
2. Liam Polwart
1. Sam Prattley

Reserves:

16. Samisoni Taukei’aho
17. Karl Tu’inukuafe
18. Jeff Thwaites
19. Michael Allardice
20. Liam Messam
21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
22. Tiaan Falcon
23. Johnny Faauli

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Retallick returns from six-week lay-off