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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tabai Matson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tabai Matson, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tabai Matson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tabai Matson, often where they are interviewed.

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Tabai Matson: Sam Cane returns to Chiefs side

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Sam Cane is in line to make his return to rugby for the Chiefs this weekend after overcoming a neck injury that kept him sidelined since late last year.
Cane's status for 2019 was thought to be in doubt after he fractured his neck while playing for the All Blacks in South Africa last October. However, the loose forward has proved his fitness to get some much needed game time under his belt.
Cane was named on the bench for the Chiefs, who go into a vital clash against the Blues in Auckland this week. Speaking to the Herald in January, he admitted he had no clear return date, but was hopeful he would be able to "get a sneaky couple of games" at the end of the season.
"As bad as the injury was, I also, in a funny way, felt pretty lucky because it could have been a lot worse," Cane said. "We're only a couple of millimetres away from never playing again so in a funny way I was pretty grateful that I was going to be OK and, one: I was going to be able to live a healthy, normal life and two: to get back playing rugby is awesome."
The 27-year-old won't be the only one returning for the Chiefs this week, with prop Aidan Ross also overcoming a neck injury to join Cane on the bench. And while Cane returns for his 107th Super Rugby outing, fellow loose forward Mitchell Jacobson will make his debut in the competition should his number be called from the reserves.
The former New Zealand under-20s representative gets his opportunity as the Chiefs continue to struggle through injury woes. Jacobson's brother, Luke, is unavailable after suffering a head knock at training, loose forwards Taleni Seu (shoulder) and Lachlan Boshier (back) were also ruled out, while Mitchell Brown and Jesse Parete continue to be used as cover locking the scrum.
Chiefs: Solomon Alaimalo, Sean Wainui, Tumua Manu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Marty McKenzie, Brad Weber, Tyler Ardron, Mitchell Karpik, Pita Gus Sowakula, Mitchell Brown, Jesse Parete, Angus Ta'avao, Nathan Harris, Atu Moli.
Reserves: Liam Polwart, Aidan Ross, Nepo Laulala, Mitchell Jacobson, Sam Cane, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Shaun Stevenson, Alex Nankivell.
May 16 2019 · 9mins
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Tabai Matson: Tyler Ardron moves to lock for Chiefs' next match

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A forward pack shuffle to the Chiefs line-up for Saturday night's home match against the Sharks in Hamilton.
Tyler Ardron moves from number eight to lock with Michael Allardice out, while Mitch Karpik is back from a knee injury to take the injured Lachlan Boshier's spot at six.
Luke Jacobson switches to number eight from the blindside and Jesse Parete comes off the bench to start at openside.
The backline is unchanged, with Brad Weber to captain the Chiefs in the absence of Allardice and Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane.
May 09 2019 · 7mins
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Tabai Matson: Blues and Chiefs name sides for Saturday's match

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Blues will continue to lean on Ma'a Nonu during the injury-enforced absence of their other midfield veteran.
Sonny Bill Williams will have knee surgery tomorrow and is expected to be out for up to six weeks.
Coach Leon MacDonald says they're fortunate to have the depth of experience the duo bring.
He says Nonu has stepped up and is thriving with the extra minutes and game time.
The Blues backline is unchanged to face the Chiefs on Saturday in Super Rugby but Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa TuungafasI and Dalton Papali'i come into the pack.
The Chiefs backline is also unchanged, though co-captain Brodie Retallick and loosehead prop Angus Ta'avao return, while Taleni Seu comes in at number eight moving Tyler Ardron to lock.
It is a chance for Ta'avao to reinforce his versatility value to the All Blacks selectors.
With Aiden Ross out with a minor neck injury, Ta'avao will switch to the loosehead side of the scrum to face the Blues in Saturday's Super Rugby match.
More known as a tighthead, Ta'avao is one of seven props named to attend the All Blacks foundation day on Monday.
Chiefs assistant coach Nick White says Ta'avao is likely to get an extended run in Hamilton.
He says it really helps Ta'avao being in the mix for the All Blacks later in the year.
Apr 11 2019 · 8mins
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Tabai Matson: Crusaders 'far too strong'

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Chiefs assistant coach, and former Crusader, Tabai Matson looking at the Super Rugby final this weekend. 
He told D'Arcy and Goran that the Crusaders will be far too strong for the Lions.
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Aug 01 2018 · 7mins
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Tabai Matson: Crusaders 'far too strong'

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Chiefs assistant coach, and former Crusader, Tabai Matson looks ahead to the Super Rugby final this weekend. 
He told D'Arcy and Goran that the Crusaders will be far too strong for the Lions.
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Aug 01 2018 · 7mins
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Tabai Matson: Injuries impacting Chief's final match of the regular season

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The Chiefs will take no risks with key players in their final match of the Super Rugby regular season.
After picking up knocks in last week's win over the Brumbies, Sam Cane (head) and Nathan Harris (leg) have been left out of Colin Cooper's 23-man squad to face the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday.
The Chiefs' decision to rest some key players comes as no real surprise after Cooper said earlier in the week Cane would be rested and players under injury concerns wouldn't be risked.
Assistant coach Tabai Matson said that was the case for Harris.
"He just got dinged up in the last encounter and didn't bounce back very well on Monday. We're kind of just looking after his wellbeing," Matson said.
"We've clearly got two more games left so when we can look after players at this time of the year we definitely will."
Damian McKenzie has also been left out of the squad to observe his final All Blacks stand-down week and will be replaced in the No10 jersey by his brother, Marty.
"Marty's been one of the key drivers of our game plan," Matson said. "We're really comfortable with what he's going to do on Friday night, and he's really confident."
It was one of eight changes made to the starting XV, with a number of players being rewarded for solid cameos with larger roles.
Sam Prattley replaces Karl Tu'inukuafe at tighthead prop with the All Black named on the bench; Liam Polwart starts at hooker; Brodie Retallick returns at lock, pushing Michael Allardice back to the bench; while Lachlan Boshier, Mitch Karpik and Jesse Parete make up the loose forwards trio.
On the bench, Tiaan Falcon returns in the back-up first five-eighth role.
Chiefs: Solomon Alaimalo, Toni Pulu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Charlie Ngatai, Shaun Stevenson, Marty McKenzie, Brad Weber, Jesse Parete, Mitch Karpik, Lachlan Boshier, Tyler Ardron, Brodie Retallick, Angus Ta'avao, Liam Polwart, Sam Prattley.
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Jeff Thwaites, Michael Allardice, Liam Messam, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Tiaan Falcon, Johnny Fa'auli.
Jul 11 2018 · 5mins
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Tabai Matson: Injuries impacting Chief's final match of the regular season

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The Chiefs will take no risks with key players in their final match of the Super Rugby regular season.
After picking up knocks in last week's win over the Brumbies, Sam Cane (head) and Nathan Harris (leg) have been left out of Colin Cooper's 23-man squad to face the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday.
The Chiefs' decision to rest some key players comes as no real surprise after Cooper said earlier in the week Cane would be rested and players under injury concerns wouldn't be risked.
Assistant coach Tabai Matson said that was the case for Harris.
"He just got dinged up in the last encounter and didn't bounce back very well on Monday. We're kind of just looking after his wellbeing," Matson said.
"We've clearly got two more games left so when we can look after players at this time of the year we definitely will."
Damian McKenzie has also been left out of the squad to observe his final All Blacks stand-down week and will be replaced in the No10 jersey by his brother, Marty.
"Marty's been one of the key drivers of our game plan," Matson said. "We're really comfortable with what he's going to do on Friday night, and he's really confident."
It was one of eight changes made to the starting XV, with a number of players being rewarded for solid cameos with larger roles.
Sam Prattley replaces Karl Tu'inukuafe at tighthead prop with the All Black named on the bench; Liam Polwart starts at hooker; Brodie Retallick returns at lock, pushing Michael Allardice back to the bench; while Lachlan Boshier, Mitch Karpik and Jesse Parete make up the loose forwards trio.
On the bench, Tiaan Falcon returns in the back-up first five-eighth role.
Chiefs: Solomon Alaimalo, Toni Pulu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Charlie Ngatai, Shaun Stevenson, Marty McKenzie, Brad Weber, Jesse Parete, Mitch Karpik, Lachlan Boshier, Tyler Ardron, Brodie Retallick, Angus Ta'avao, Liam Polwart, Sam Prattley.
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Jeff Thwaites, Michael Allardice, Liam Messam, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Tiaan Falcon, Johnny Fa'auli.
Jul 11 2018 · 5mins