Highlanders to play Chiefs in Fiji rugby ‘derby’


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    The Highlanders will take on the Chiefs in a New Zealand Super Rugby derby in June in Fiji.

    Led by new coach Aaron Mauger, the Dunedin-based side has agreed to stage a home game in Suva on June 30 against the Colin Cooper-coached Chiefs – who have played the Crusaders in Fiji in 2016 and 2017.

    Club chief Roger Clark says it is a sound sporting decision.

    “We are aware of the large following Super Rugby enjoys in Fiji and we’re happy to have the chance to showcase our style of game in the islands,” Clark said.

    “Fiji has produced so many great players including our own Waisake Naholo – it will be a great experience for him and all the players.”

    Fijian-born Naholo, a winger, has played 18 times for the All Blacks.

    Mauger admitted the Fiji match would present its own challenges but backed his troops to acclimatise and get the job done.

    Elsewhere, the southerners will play seven games at their home base in Dunedin, including derbies against the Blues, Crusaders and Hurricanes.

    They’ll also play the Stormers, Lions, Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels at home, as they look to improve on last year’s quarter-final elimination.

    No matches are scheduled for Invercargill.

    © AAP 2018

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    • January 23rd 2018 @ 4:05pm
      Cuw said | January 23rd 2018 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

      Not many Fijians in the 2 teams – but got to wait and see if Tevita Nambura makes it big this season . he is huge !!

      last year Crusaders went there and were a big hit , becoz Nemani Nadolo was a huge hit 🙂

      there were others like Mataele and Macilai and even Tamanivalu in the squad…

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      January 24th 2018 @ 2:37am
      Kia Kaha said | January 24th 2018 @ 2:37am | ! Report

      It was the Chiefs’ home game, cuw. This seems like a Mainland plot by Maguer to unsettle the Chiefs. Maybe he knows the right kava.

      • January 25th 2018 @ 3:23pm
        Dan from Fiji said | January 25th 2018 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

        Spot on with the kava mate!

    • January 24th 2018 @ 2:40pm
      Highlander said | January 24th 2018 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

      Oh yeah, where’s the calendar

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