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Missing World Cup may benefit Leinert-Brown

Anton Lienert-Brown will miss out on the Junior Rugby World Cup but he has a big opportunity to become a mainstay starter for the Chiefs.

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With the growing number of injuries in Chiefs country, Anton Lienert-Brown will miss out on the U-20 Rugby World Cup in Italy.

The decision was officially announced last night

Lienert-Brown has been hungry for game time at a level of rugby beyond ITM Cup since last years Junior World Championship.

It wasn’t until Sonny Bill Williams went down with injury that the youngster finally got his chance for continual minutes on the field in Super Rugby.

Lienert-Brown has played four games for the Chiefs in Super Rugby this year, and has started in the 12 jersey for the last two weeks straight.

Solid performances particularly on defence against both the Hurricanes and the Bulls have seen Leinert-Brown become a viable replacement for the injured Sonny Bill Williams.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said last week that the club wanted Lienert-Brown to join the New Zealand side in Italy for the tournament.

“We want Anton to travel, he has played in that tournament already, but playing in a World Cup away from home is certainly something special,” Rennie said.

Playing in Italy would have been an amazing experience for Lienert-Brown, but the opportunities that lie ahead with the Chiefs for the rest of the season could be just as rewarding.

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