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Leonard back from injury for Chiefs

13/05/2009 04:10:10 PM Comments (0)

Brendon Leonard has returned to a full-strength Chiefs team for Friday's crucial Super 14 rugby match against the Brumbies in Hamilton.

After missing three games with a sternum injury, the sniping All Blacks No.9 will hope to resume his sharp form in a must-win match at Waikato Stadium.

The second-placed Chiefs can reach the playoffs for just the second time if they beat their fifth-placed opponents in the opening match of the final weekend or even if they just snare a bonus point. Victory would guarantee them a home semi-final.

Leonard is one of just two changes from the starting team who beat the Hurricanes 16-8 in Hamilton on Saturday.

Mobile prop James McGougan is selected at tighthead, with Ben May shifting to the loosehead side and Sona Taumalolo dropping to the reserve bench.

In-form centre Richard Kahui has been cleared to start after picking up a bruised calf against the Hurricanes.

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