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Donald to lead Chiefs against Lions

18 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 18/06/17 8:22am

 Stephen Donald in action for the Chiefs

Stephen Donald in action for the Chiefs

New Zealand rugby cult hero Stephen Donald will lead the Chiefs against the British and Irish Lions in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Donald gained fame when he was recalled from a fishing holiday after a spate of injuries depleted New Zealand’s fly-half stocks in the 2011 World Cup and he ended up kicking the winning penalty in the final.

It was his first Test in 12 months and he has not played for the All Blacks since.

When his rugby career appeared almost over, Donald cemented his place in New Zealand folklore when asked to captain the Chiefs against Wales last year and led them to a 40-7 victory.

The 33-year-old is one of five All Blacks in the Chiefs side to play the Lions along with Nepo Laulala, Dominic Bird, Hika Elliot and Liam Messam.

Highlights of the Maori All Blacks against the British and Irish Lions in Rotorua

Elliot and Messam also played for the Maori All Blacks who were beaten 32-10 by the Lions on Saturday.

Chiefs: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Stephen Donald (c), 9 Finlay Christie, 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 2 Liam Polwart, 3 Nepo Laulala, 4 Dominic Bird, 5 Michael Allardice, 6 Mitchell Brown, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 8 Tom Sanders.

16 Hika Elliott, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Luteru Laulala, 23 Chase Tiatia.

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