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Stephen Donald takes Chiefs' captaincy reigns for Lions clash

Stephen Donald at Chiefs training. Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

New Zealand rugby cult hero Stephen Donald will captain the Chiefs when they take on the British & Irish Lions in Hamilton on Tuesday night.

Donald -- who famously kicked the winning penalty in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final having been a late call-up to the All Blacks squad -- will start at fly-half in a largely inexperienced side.

Chiefs stars Damian McKenzie, James Lowe and Charlie Ngatai have been left out after starting for the Maori All Blacks against the Lions on Saturday.

Liam Messam and Hika Elliot are backing up from the 32-10 loss in Rotorua, with Chiefs coach Dave Rennie naming the experienced duo on the bench.

Donald captained the Chiefs to a big win over Warren Gatland's Wales last year, while Donald played under Gatland when he was in charge of Waikato.

Chiefs: Stevenson, Pulu, Nanai-Williams, Fa'auli, Alaimalo, Donald (capt), Christie; Fisiihoi, Polwart, N. Laulala, Bird, Allardice, Brown, Boshier, Sanders.

Replacements: Elliot, Ross, Moli, Messam, Karpik, Taumateine, L. Laulala, Tiatia.