After a challenging road to recovery from an ACL injury sustained during the 2022 Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks midfielder Quinn Tupaea is poised to make his long-awaited return to the Super Rugby Pacific pre-season. Tupaea will don the Chiefs’ jersey once again as they prepare to face Robbie Deans’ formidable Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights on Sunday.
The 24-year-old sensation’s comeback marks a significant moment for the Chiefs, who have eagerly awaited his return to the field. Tupaea’s presence promises to inject vitality and skill into the Chiefs’ midfield as they gear up for a compelling showdown against the unbeaten Wild Knights.
Tupaea’s return will see him pitted against the illustrious Damian de Allende at second five-eighth, setting the stage for an enthralling battle between two titans of the game. Alongside familiar faces like Lood de Jager and Marika Koroibete, Tupaea will aim to showcase his prowess under the astute guidance of former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.
In a testament to Tupaea’s resilience and determination, he will share captaincy duties with Rameka Poihipi, symbolizing his integral role within the Chiefs’ lineup. The clash will also witness sibling rivalry as Kaylum Boshier, alongside brother Lachlan Boshier, takes the field to lead the Chiefs’ forward pack.
With key players from the 2023 Rugby World Cup still on All Blacks duty, the Chiefs have called upon several members of their wider training squad to bolster their lineup for the upcoming contest. Notable inclusions such as Josh Jacomb, Aidan Ross, and Naitoa Ah Kuoi highlight the depth and talent within the Chiefs’ ranks.
Despite notable absences due to injury, including Shaun Stevenson, Emoni Narawa, and Etene Nanai-Seturo, the Chiefs remain undeterred in their quest for victory. Head coach Clayton McMillan remains optimistic about the team’s prospects, emphasizing the potential for emerging talents to shine on the field.
As anticipation mounts for the clash against the Wild Knights, the Chiefs are primed to deliver a thrilling display of rugby prowess. With Tupaea’s return igniting a spark of optimism, the Chiefs aim to seize victory and lay down a marker for the challenges ahead in the Super Rugby Pacific season.