The New Zealand Conference leaders depart for South Africa with five wins from their opening five games of the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season. A 26-strong Gallagher Chiefs squad is bound for Cape Town for their first match against the Stormers at 3.15am (NZT) on Sunday 9 April. They will then travel on to Bloemfontein to play the Cheetahs.
Co-captain Sam Cane will travel over on Thursday pending fitness to prepare for the Gallagher Chiefs match against the Cheetahs the following week.
The Gallagher Chiefs squad for the South African tour is:
Sam Cane (to travel later pending fitness)
Johnny Faauli/Alex Nankivell
Unavailable for selection: Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Nathan Harris, James Tucker, Glen Fisiiahi, Chase Tiatia, Charlie Ngatai, Tim Nanai-Williams, Liam Polwart, Michael Allardice and Nepo Laulala.