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Kahui on comeback trail

New Zealand international Richard Kahui is hoping to make his comeback after six months on the sidelines when the Chiefs take on the undefeated Sharks in Friday's Super 15 clash in Hamilton.

The 11-Test All Black centre, and sometime winger, has recovered from a shoulder problem and looks set to form a power-packed midfield with 37-year-old second five-eighths Tana Umaga, who could line up for his third successive match.

Kahui has not featured since undergoing surgery for the third time back in September, but said: "I'm available to play. It's up to Fosie [coach Ian Foster] whether he wants me to start or come off the bench."

Cagey Foster names his team for the match on Wednesday. He would not confirm Kahui as a definite starter, but the 25-year-old appears certain to be in the squad after two 80-minute stints and 21 tackles for the back-up squad against Tonga and Fiji A.

"(There's) a pretty good chance (he'll play). He certainly looks like he could be back in contention this week," Foster said.

"He's been an important part of our group for a long time, so to see him charging around and training well, particularly when you've had a couple of losses, to get a bit of that infectious attitude back is good for us."

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