DEFENDING Super Rugby champions the Chiefs will be on Fijian wings when they take on the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand tonight.
Fiji-born duo Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Patrick Osborne have been named on the wings for the Chiefs in the match which will start at 6.30pm (Fiji time).
Super Rugby debutante Osborne has asked his family and friends to pray for him as he tries to stamp his mark in the competition.
The 25-year-old former Queen Victoria School (QVS) student has been part of the Canterbury team in the ITM Cup competition but did not feature for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition.
Patrick's mum Joan Osborne told Times Sports yesterday his son called her on Wednesday night to seek the support and prayers of his loved ones in Fiji.
"I gave my blessing and reminded him the importance of God in his life," Joan said.
"He always loved rugby and I always supported him in this journey. I'm really proud of his achievements."
Patrick joined Canterbury in 2010 and was named in the Crusaders squad for the 2012 Super Rugby season.
While playing rugby, he attended University of Canterbury to complete his Marine Biology studies which he started at the University of the South Pacific.
Joan said Patrick was passionate about athletics when he was at Indian College (now Jai Narayan College) and later QVS. He won medals for both schools in the Coca-Cola Games.
"One thing he loved for sure was running. He was always fast in everything he did and we hope and pray he uses that speed in his first Super Rugby match against the Highlanders," Joan added.
Chiefs: Gareth Anscombe, Patrick Osborne, Tim Nanai-Williams, Bundee Aki, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Fritz Lee, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke, Ben Afeaki, Hika Elliot, Pauliasi Manu. Res: Rhys Marshall, Ben Tameifuna, Michael Fitzgerald, Tanerau Latimer, Augustine Pulu, Charlie Ngatai, Lelia Masaga.