Chiefs to meet Highlanders early in Brisbane 10s title defence as pools unveiled

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The Chiefs' title defence at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will feature pool games against the Highlanders, Waratahs and French club Pau.

Late Vaeno and Jonathan Taumateine of the Chiefs  celebrate after winning the final match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders during day 2 of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Sunday 12 February 2017.  © copyright photo: Tertius Pickard / www.photosport.nz

Late Vaeno and Jonathan Taumateine of the Chiefs celebrate after winning the Brisbane Global Tens final.

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The draw for the 12-team tournament in February also pits the Hurricanes and Crusaders in the same pool alongside Fiji, who didn't contest the inaugural pre-season event this year.

The Chiefs beat the Crusaders in the 2017 final, with three New Zealand teams featuring among the four semi-finalists.

BRISBANE GLOBAL RUGBY TENS POOLS:

Pool A: Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan), Melbourne Rebels, Blues, Queensland Reds.

Pool B: Pau (France), NSW Waratahs, Chiefs, Highlanders.

Pool C: Fiji, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Crusaders.

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