Cult hero Donald leads Chiefs against Lions

Stephen Donald (Teamtalk Media)
Stephen Donald (Teamtalk Media)

Wellington - New Zealand rugby cult hero Stephen Donald will lead the Chiefs against the British and Irish Lions in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Donald gained fame when he was recalled from a fishing holiday after a spate of injuries depleted New Zealand's flyhalf stocks in the 2011 World Cup and he ended up kicking the winning penalty in the final.

It was his first Test in 12 months and he has not played for the All Blacks since.

When his rugby career appeared almost over, Donald cemented his place in New Zealand folklore when asked to captain the Chiefs against Wales last year and led them to a 40-7 victory.

The 33-year-old - who played the first of his 23 Tests nine years ago - is one of five All Blacks in the Chiefs side to play the Lions, along with Nepo Laulala, Dominic Bird, Hika Elliot and Liam Messam.

Elliot and Messam also played for the Maori All Blacks who were beaten 32-10 by the Lions on Saturday.

Another six Chiefs regulars, including skipper Sam Cane, are in camp with the All Blacks ahead of next Saturday's first Test.



15 Liam Williams (Scarlets/WAL), 14 Jack Nowell (Exeter/ENG), 13 Jared Payne (Ulster/IRL), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/IRL), 11 Elliot Daly (Wasps/ENG), 10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys/WAL), 9 Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester/SCO), 8 CJ Stander (Munster/IRL), 7 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys/WAL), 6 James Haskell (Wasps/ENG), 5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton/ENG), 4 Iain Henderson (Ulster/IRL), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester/ENG), 2 Rory Best (captain, Ulster/IRL), 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins/ENG)

Substitutes: 16 Kristian Dacey (Cardiff/WAL), 17 Allan Dell (Edinburgh/SCO), 18 Tomas Francis (Exeter/WAL), 19 Cory Hill (Newport/WAL), 20 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/WAL), 21 Gareth Davies (Scarlets/WAL), 22 Finn Russell (Glasgow/SCO), 23 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow/SCO).


15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Stephen Donald (captain), 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice,  4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi

Substitutes: Hika Elliot, Aidan Ross, Atu Moli, Liam Messam, Mitchell Karpik, Jonathan Taumateine, Luteru Laulala, Chase Tiatia

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