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Tamanivalu Starts

  Yasawa-i-Rara native Setareki Tamanivalu will start at outside centre against the BNZ Crusaders at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow night Being the lone Fijian player in the Chiefs team Tamanivalu
30 Jun 2016 13:41
Tamanivalu Starts
Hika Elliot and Fiji born Seta Tamanivalu will be in staring line up to face Crusaders on Friday at ANZ Stadium . Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

Yasawa-i-Rara native Setareki Tamanivalu will start at outside centre against the BNZ Crusaders at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow night

Being the lone Fijian player in the Chiefs team Tamanivalu believes it will be an added pressure on him playing in front of his home crowd.

“Coming to Fiji is very special and I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s definitely an added pressure, especially coming back home with the Chiefs for the first time,” Tamanivalu said.

He’s been happy since joining Chiefs franchise.

“It’s been so good, the boys welcome me very well, they are my family now,” Tamanivalu said.

“I’m just going to focus more on my game instead of focusing on other things and just play my own game.”

This will be Tamanivalu’s 19th game for the Chiefs.

Head coach Dave Rennie was impressed with Tamanivalu’s performance this season.

“He’s a big man  It’s fantastic that now Seta has played for the All Blacks and he’s learned a little bit more.

“Been very impressive this year, very professional, he’s working really hard, made some big shifts in his game and obviously very exciting for him to be starting here in Suva in front of his family.”

The most capped Chiefs player, hooker Hika Elliot, will play his 100th game tomorrow night and believes it will be a huge task for him.

“It’s huge, it’s special for me, 100th game for the Chiefs. But I know the Crusaders forwards pack will be tough and we need to front up,” Hika said.

Rennie has also included a number of former and current All Blacks players including Dominic Bird, Brodie Retallick, captain Sam Cane, Stephen Donald, Damian McKenzie, Nathan Harris, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Aaron Cruden.

Cruden has been named on the bench. Former All Black Steven Donald gets the start after leading the Chiefs to their big win over Wales.

The Chiefs will host the Crusaders at 7.35pm tomorrow night at the ANZ Stadium.

Team:

  1. Kane Hames, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Taleni Seu, 7. Sam Cane (co-captain), 8. Tom Sanders, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Stephen Donald, 11. James Lowe, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 14. Toni Pulu, 15. Damian McKenzie.

Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18. Atu Moli, 19. Mitchell Brown, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 23. Sam McNicol.

Edited by Osea Bola

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