All Black lock Dominic Bird will make his debut for the Chiefs against the Blues as Chiefs coach Dave Rennie makes five changes.
The experienced lock has been nursing a fractured foot that has seen him miss the opening six rounds of Super Rugby. During that time, Bird has remained a key figure off the field by helping the Chiefs improve their lineout with valuable advice.
Bird could have returned last week against the Brumbies but another few days training has seen him catapulted into the Chiefs starting line-up. Continue reading Dominic Bird To Start For Chiefs
Two high profile Chiefs players have succumbed to injury during pre season training.
Nepo Laulala will be out of rugby for 12 months following a substantial knee injury at training.
Laulala tore three ligaments in his right knee, the ACL, PCL, and MCL during a team training on Friday last week. The prop will undergo reconstructive surgery with an expected recovery time of 12-months.
The news gets even worse for the Chiefs.
Chiefs lock and fellow big signing Dominic Bird has been ruled out for the first 10 weeks of the season after fracturing his right foot.
More to come.