Super Rugby: Chiefs shift Damian McKenzie to fullback for Hurricanes clash

The struggling Chiefs have suspended the Damien McKenzie experiment and shifted the All Black to fullback.

McKenzie had started three games this season at first-five eighth with limited success. The Chiefs are winless and McKenzie has been targeted by opposition forward packs.

The solution - brother Marty McKenzie will wear the number 10 jersey against the Hurricanes on Friday night, with his brother playing from the back, a position the national selectors preferred for him in 2018.

All-in-all, coach Colin Cooper has made six changes to the side humbled by the Crusaders last week.

Japanese international Ataata Moeakiola replaces 19-year-old winger Etene Nanai-Seturo, who will start from the bench, despite making a solid start to his first Super Rugby campaign.

Experienced lock Michael Allardice will partner Brodie Retallick, while Mitch Karpick replaces the injured Lachlan Boshier in the number seven jersey.

Cooper has been impressed with the response from his battered squad after the mauling in Christchurch.

"We have had a testing couple of weeks and we know the Hurricanes will be a strong challenge," he said.

"We are not afraid of the contest on Friday, we have come together as a team, and will focus on sticking to our structures and working on developing our game plan."

Chiefs: 1-Aidan Ross, 2-Nathan Harris, 3-Nepo Laulala, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Michael Allardice, 6-Mitchell Brown, 7-Michell Karpick, 8-Tyler Ardron, 9-Brad Weber, 10-Marty McKenzie, 11-Ataata Moeakiola, 12-Anton Lienert-Brown, 13-Tumua Manu, 14-Sean Wainui, 15-Damian McKenzie

Reserves: 16-Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17-Ryan Coxon, 18-Angus Ta'avao, 19-Taleni Seu, 20-Te Toiroa Tahuiorangi, 22-Alex Nankivell, 23-Etene Nanai-Seturo


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