The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton this Friday at 7.35pm.
Chiefs fans are being called to fill the stadium and support the team in what has become a must win match for the Chiefs to make the play-offs.
Co-captain Liam Messam said “Having our home crowd support makes a huge difference to the team. With the New Zealand Conference so close, that huge vocal support is going to be important. We know how crucial this match is and want to play well for our fans and our boys leaving.”
Friday night’s encounter is expected to be the Chiefs last home game for the season and will mark the official farewell for Chiefs players, Tanerau Latimer, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Bundee Aki and Mils Muliaina who are all heading off shore to continue their careers.
Changes to the side will see Jamie Mackintosh starting at prop, Tawera Kerr-Barlow at halfback and Charlie Ngatai and Tim Nanai-Williams in the midfield. Asaeli Tikoirotuma and James Lowe start on the wings with Tom Marshall at fullback.
Rhys Marshall comes onto the bench and is joined by Nick Barrett who has the chance to make his Investec Super Rugby debut with Josh Hohneck out with a broken thumb. Augustine Pulu, Gareth Anscombe and Bundee Aki all move to the reserves.
Fundraising from the sale of the match day programme and auctions of the player’s warm-up shirts in the corporate lounges on Friday night will be donated to the ‘It’s Not OK’ campaign that the Chiefs team has personally chosen to support. It is a community-driven effort in conjunction with the Police to reduce family violence and encourage people that it is okay to ask for help.
The Chiefs match against the Hurricanes sponsored by Deloitte will feature live singing by popular local, Coral Pitcher and performances from the Chiefs Maori Toa Group and The Bank Cheerleaders. For family enjoyment there will be the alcohol free Family Zone with a bouncy castle and free goodie packs for all children with tickets to the Family Zone. Gates open at 6pm.
For the final time this year a Generation Homes house worth $350,000 will be up for grabs for Chiefs fans who attend the match in the ‘Score a Home’ promotion. If the Chiefs player wearing the number 14 jersey scores a try in the 14th minute of the game some lucky Chiefs fan who has entered the competition will win a Generation Homes house.
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 day adult tickets start at $19; children 14 and under start at $9 and kids 4 years and under are FREE on the knee.
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 until Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday, game day from 8am. For more match day, ticketing and stadium information visit www.Chiefs.co.nz.
The Chiefs, Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council run a free shuttle bus service 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
- Mike Fitzgerald
- Brodie Retallick
- Liam Messam
- Tanerau Latimer
- Liam Squire
- Tawera Kerr-Barlow
- Aaron Cruden ©
- James Lowe
- Charlie Ngatai
- Tim Nanai-Williams
- Asaeli Tikoirotuma
- Tom Marshall
- Rhys Marshall
- Pauliasi Manu
- Nick Barrett
- Matt Symons
- Tevita Koloamatangi
- Agustine Pulu
- Gareth Anscombe
- Bundee Aki