Liam Messam returns for Chiefs as they take on Force in Perth




The Chiefs have made five changes to the side that starred in the thrilling 41-27 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein for their clash away to the Western Force in Perth this weekend.

Liam Messam in action for the Chiefs.

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After some scintillating performances off the bench, flyer Shaun Stevenson is elevated into the starting lineup, taking the place of Toni Pulu on the right wing.

All Blacks locking duo Brodie Retallick and Dominic Bird will be reunited, with the latter being named to replace Taleni Seu in the number four jersey.

Liam Messam also returns to the starting XV, having come off the bench in his side's win against the Cheetahs.

Young Bay of Plenty prop Aidan Ross will make his Super Rugby debut, named on the bench for the first time in his short career.

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Shaun Stevenson, 13. Sam McNicol, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden (c), 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (c), 6. Liam Messam, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Dominic Bird, 3. Atu Moli, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 1. Siegfried Fisi'ihoi.

Reservers: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Sosefo Kautai, 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Stephen Donald, 23. Toni Pulu.

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