WELLINGTON - Nearly half of the Chiefs' Super Rugby team have been dropped for their clash with the Bulls in Pretoria tomorrow morning.
The wholesale changes come in reaction to the two-time reigning champions shock 18-15 loss to the Western Force in Perth last weekend.
There are five changes to the forward pack and two to the backline for the game on Sunday morning as the two-time Super Rugby defending champions look to put last weekend's shock 18-15 loss to the Western Force in Perth behind them.
Eighteen-year-old Anton Lienert-Brown will make his debut, coming onto the right wing in a shuffle to the outside backs. Veteran Mils Muliana shifts from the wing to fullback, with Gareth Anscombe dropping to the reserves bench.
The only injury-enforced change sees Tim Nanai-Williams (hamstring) make way at centre for Andrew Horrell.
All Blacks flanker Sam Cane is among the forwards to pay the price for the Perth result.
Having returned from injury for his first start of the season in Perth, he drops to the bench to make way for Tanerau Latimer.
Other changes to the pack see No.8 Kane Thompson, lock Matt Symons, prop Pauliasi Manu and hooker Rhys Marshall named in place of Liam Squire, Mike Fitzgerald, Jamie Mackintosh and Mahonri Schwalger respectively.
This week Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith bemoaned the attitude of the players heading into the Force game and said several would pay the price at the selection table.
The fifth-placed Chiefs won their first three games before the Perth setback while the sixth-placed Bulls have lodged three straight wins since opening the season with twin defeats.
The Chiefs have lost their last six games against the Bulls in Pretoria, having last tasted victory there in 2001.
Chiefs: Mils Muliaina, Anton Lienert-Brown, Andrew Horrell, Tom Marshall, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden (co-capt), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam (co-capt), Brodie Retallick, Matt Symons, Ben Tameifuna, Rhys Marshall, Pauliasi Manu. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Jamie Mackintosh, Ben Afeaki, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Augustine Pulu, Gareth Anscombe, Tim Nanai-Williams.