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A 29-man travelling squad has touched down in South Africa ahead of the two-game South African tour against the Stormers and Sharks.

 

New face Matt Matich joins the squad for injury replacement after training with the team throughout pre-season. The flanker plays for Northland in the Mitre 10 Cup.  Sam Cane is rested for the South African tour having sustained an abdominal strain.

 

Jesse Parete also earns a spot on tour after an impressive debut off the bench against the Jaguares where he scored the team’s only try with a powerful run through a determined Jaguares defence.

 

A familiar backline are on the ground in South Africa, including regulars Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sean Wainui and Charlie Ngatai.

 

The first game of the tour kicks off against the Stormers in Cape Town this Sunday morning at 1:05am (New Zealand time). The following week, the Gallagher Chiefs will take on the Sharks in Durban with the game kicking off at 1:05am (NZT).

 

The Gallagher Chiefs have played nine games so far this season, winning six, including impressive New Zealand derby wins against the Highlanders and Blues, as well as being beaten only three times. At the conclusion of the South African tour, the team will play the Waratahs at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 26 May, followed by a huge derby against defending champs the Crusaders the following weekend in Hamilton.

 

The group in South Africa are:

FORWARDS:

 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Sam Prattley

Angus Ta’avao-Matau

Jeffrey Thwaites

Sosefo Kautai

Nathan Harris

Liam Polwart

Samisoni Taukei’aho

Brodie Retallick

Tyler Ardron

Luke Jacobson

Pita Gus Sowakula

Michael Allardice

Liam Messam

Jesse Parete

Matt Matich

 

BACKS:

 Brad Weber

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

Jonathan Taumateine

Damian McKenzie

Marty McKenzie

Solomon Alaimalo

Johnny Faauli

Anton Lienert-Brown

Charlie Ngatai

Sean Wainui

Alex Nankivell

Shaun Stevenson

Toni Pulu

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