ALEX NANKIVELL – SUPER RUGBY SUPER STAR

AbsolutelyFamous has adopted the Chiefs this season and our special guest throughout the competition will be mid-field backline star Alex Nankivell.

Alex Nankivell - In form and part of a lethal Chiefs backline.

Alex was desperately unlucky not be selected in the All Blacks last season but did shine on the New Zealand 15s short tour of the UK under coach Leon MacDonald.

Since then the 26 year-old has committed to play for the mighty Munster Club in Ireland from next season but until then he’ll be doing all he can to help the Chiefs win their third Super Rugby Pacific competition and to try and make the All Blacks.

Alex has been named in an impressive Chiefs lineup to take on arguably the greatest club team on the planet, the Crusaders on Friday night, the southerners hunting their seventh successive title under All Blacks coach in waiting Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson.

Alex is paired in mid-field with All Black Anton Lienert-Brown and for both it is a home coming as they both hail from the garden city and played their secondary schools rugby there.

The Chiefs are one of the few teams who know how and have beaten the Crusaders on more than a couple of occasions, they beat them in round-robin last year and came desperately close to repeating that result in the semifinal.

Much focus on the Chiefs is the return of the brilliant utility back Damien McKenzie and his dual at first-five with Richie Mo’unga will be worth the price of admission alone.

The clash of the 10's will be key.

Both teams are stacked full of All Blacks back and front but the Crusaders suffered a blow with lock Sam Whitelock pulling out because of a head knock in training.

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Alex Nankivell earlier this week as he gives us some inside knowledge on the Chiefs and what the prospects are for Friday night’s potential thriller.

Alex will chat to us throughout the season on a regular basis and we will also follow the women’s Sky Super Rugby Aupiki competition and will chat to former Black Ferns and Chiefs Manawa mid-fielder Chelsea Semple this week.

Throughout the Super rugby and test rugby season we will also feature our regular rugby comments expert, former King Country and Marlborough loose-forward Greg Brimble.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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