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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:

FORWARDS:

Kane Hames

Siegfried Fisi’ihoi

Aidan Ross

Hika Elliot

Brayden Mitchell

Atu Moli

Sosefo Kautai

Dominic Bird

Brodie Retallick

Taleni Seu

Mitchell Brown

Liam Messam

Lachlan Boshier

Michael Leitch

Sam Cane (to travel later pending fitness)

BACKS:

Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Finlay Christie

Aaron Cruden

Stephen Donald

Johnny Faauli/Alex Nankivell

Anton Lienert-Brown

Sam McNicol

Toni Pulu

James Lowe

Solomon Alaimalo

Shaun Stevenson

Damian McKenzie

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. 

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