100 up for Elliot

Hika Elliot will play his 100th game for the Chiefs on Friday after he was named at hooker for their Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders.

The tropical climate of Fiji is a fitting venue for the hottest contest on the calendar this weekend when the two teams meet in Suva, Fiji. 

The Round 15 clash has extra significance, being the first ever Super Rugby game to be played in Fiji and a milestone game for hooker Elliot.

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named an experienced line-up. In the forwards Kane Hames, Hika Elliot and Japan prop Hiroshi Yamashita pack down in the front-row, with Dominic Bird and Brodie Retallick forming a formidable lock partnership. The skillset and work ethic of Taleni Seu, Sam Cane and Tom Sanders make for a potent loose forward combination.

In the backs, Brad Weber dons jersey nine, with Stephen Donald's exceptional performance against Wales being rewarded with a start at fly-half. Anton Lienert-Brown and Seta Tamanivalu link up in the midfield, while James Lowe, Toni Pulu and Damian McKenzie complete the backline in jerseys 11, 14 and 15 respectively.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Sam McNicol

Date: Friday, July 1
Venue: NZ National Stadium, Suva
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)