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Gallagher Chiefs fans can look forward to eight Investec Super Rugby home matches in 2018, including four gripping New Zealand derbies.

The team will kick off the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season away to defending champions the Crusaders before visiting northern neighbours, the Blues.

After these two tough New Zealand battles, the Gallagher Chiefs will host Pretoria-based Bulls in their first of eight home matches.

A first-ever trip to Japan to face the Sunwolves beckons in week five, followed by two huge home NZ derbies with the Highlanders and Blues visiting Chiefs Country in week seven and eight respectively.

The other home NZ-derbies include a bruising showdown between the Crusaders on 2 June, as well as matching up against the Hurricanes in the last round robin game of the season (13 July).

Inter-conference home games will see the Jaguares visit Chiefs Country for the very first time (4 May), as well as two trans-Tasman clashes between the Waratahs (26 May) and Brumbies (7 July). 

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The Gallagher Chiefs will kick off 2018 with the defence of their title at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, with the showcase pre-season tournament to be held on Friday 9 and Saturday February 10 at Suncorp Stadium.

Following a hugely popular debut in 2017, the event switches to a day-night format, with matches to begin in the afternoon and run into the evenings.

The Liam Messam-captained Chiefs surged to the title at the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, defeating the Crusaders in the final after battling past the Queensland Reds in the quarterfinals and South Africa’s Bulls in the semi-finals.

“This year’s tournament was incredible and I can’t wait to get back there again to defend our title in February,” Messam said.

“It was a great fun but also bloody tough, which is exactly what we need at that time of the year. We actually lost our first game to the Rebels so to come back and win it from there was awesome.”

The Gallagher Chiefs were the best-supported club at the 2017 tournament and chief executive Andrew Flexman expected that to continue in 2018.

“Chiefs fans once again showed just how passionate and loyal they are by backing the boys in huge numbers in Brisbane,” Flexman said. “It was a brilliant weekend of rugby – with the perfect result – and 2018 is set to be even bigger and better. I’d encourage our fans to get to Brisbane to experience what is a truly superb weekend of top class rugby.”

The 2018 tournament is set to feature new talent, with French powerhouse club Pau – the current home of former All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor – set to make their debut alongside fellow newcomers Fiji.

“Pau have already confirmed that Conrad Smith will be in their line-up and they’ll be bringing a side stacked full of international talent,” tournament chief executive Rachael Carroll said.

“And we’re also delighted to have Fiji taking part. There was a very strong Fijian presence across the 14 teams last year so it’s fitting that Fiji will now join Samoa, Pau and Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights at the tournament.

“We’ve got an incredible amount of top class rugby talent lining up to take part - and with the move to a day-night format - Brisbane will be in full party mode. The 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will be an unmissable event.”


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Chiefs Rugby Club CEO Andrew Flexman has announced his decision to step down from the role after four years with the club.

Flexman was appointed to the role in 2013 and has led the Club through the transition to private ownership and increased profitability. On the field, the Chiefs have made the playoffs every year since he took up the role.

Chiefs Chairman, Dallas Fisher thanked Flexman for his contribution to the club’s success on and off the field.

“A role like this is 7-days a week during the season. The Board and shareholders thank Andrew for his commitment to the Club and wishes to acknowledge the role he has played in the many achievements of the Club. I have no doubt he will make a success of his next career move. We also thank his family for their support to him in the role over the past four years.”

Flexman said he is proud of what the Club has achieved and says it is well positioned for the future.

“I have loved my time with the Chiefs, but it now feels like the right time to hand over the reins. I would like to thank the Board, staff, players, sponsors and stakeholders for making my time at the Club rewarding and enjoyable.”

Flexman said he’ll finish at the club on Friday, 8 September 2017 and is looking forward to a break post season to pursue new opportunities.

Dallas Fisher said The Chiefs will begin the process to recruit the Club’s next CEO.

Two talented young rugby players with immensely promising futures have signed with the Gallagher Chiefs. 2017 World Rugby Championship-winning New Zealand Under 20s captain Luke Jacobson has committed to the Chiefs until 2020, and his NZ U20s teammate - exceptional playmaker Tiaan Falcon, has signed for two years.

Incoming Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper said: “We are really rapt that Luke and Tiaan will be joining us for the next few years. These are two exceptional signings for the Club which secure the future of the Chiefs. I’m pretty excited to work with both these young men who are quality players with huge potential.”

“It has always been a dream of mine to be a Chief,” said 20-year-old loose forward Luke Jacobson. “I had a small taste of it this year, being a part of the Chiefs team to play in the Global Brisbane 10s tournament and also attending some trainings throughout the year and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m really excited to be a part of the team.”

Tiaan Falcon, 20, said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity with the Chiefs, especially being able to develop my game at 1st five. I’ve heard really good things about the culture and the people at the Chiefs so I’m looking forward to getting there and really embracing this opportunity later in the year.”

Waikato loose forward Luke Jacobson is forging an impressive rugby career. Born in Te Awamutu and raised in Cambridge, Jacobson attended Cambridge High School, earning selection for the New Zealand Schools team in 2014. In 2016 he captained the Waikato U19s in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19s Tournament, leading his team to Graham Mourie Cup victory and being awarded Player of the Tournament in the process. Jacobson has experienced the Chiefs development pathways firsthand, having played for the Chiefs U20s team and the University of Waikato Taua Development team, with the latter captained by his older brother Mitch. This year he received the Chiefs Under 20s Player of the Year award. The 20-year-old was a prominent figure in the Gallagher Chiefs Brisbane Global Rugby Tens squad, scoring a superb individual try in the final against the Crusaders.

Exciting first five-eighth Tiaan Falcon was a standout for the New Zealand U20s at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia this year. The accomplished goal kicker was born in Penrith, Australia and moved to New Zealand at age two. He is the son of former Maori All Black and Hurricanes representative Gordon Falcon and is a product of Lindisfarne College in Hastings. In 2016 at just 19 years old, Falcon made his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Hawke’s Bay, demonstrating great composure and tactical nous in his 10 appearances last year. He is set to play a pivotal role for Hawke’s Bay again this season and further develop his halfback/1st five partnership with Hawke’s Bay and Gallagher Chiefs teammate Brad Weber.

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Anton Lienert-Brown
Full Name: Anton Lienert-Brown
Team: Chiefs
Position:Second Five-Eighth
Super Rugby Games:23
Super Rugby Debut:2014 v Bulls in Pretoria
Provincial Games:19
Provincial Points:20 (4t)
Provincial Debut:2014 v Wellington
Test Caps:6
Test Points:10 (2t)
Test Debut:2016 v Australia in Wellington

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Anton went from strength to strength in 2016. An impressive Super Rugby season was followed by numerous starts in the All Blacks midfield, performing admirably and with maturity beyond his years.. - The Chiefs

Midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown enters his fourth season with the Chiefs after a hugely impressive breakout season in 2016 which saw him become a regular in the All Blacks midfield.

Anton has represented the New Zealand u20 side, taking the Junior World Cup title in Italy in 2015.  He was part of the team that won the Ranfurly Shield for Waikato.  His brother Dan also plays Super Rugby.

Full birth date and place of birth
15.04.1995 in Christchurch

What representative teams have you been a part of (including high-school 1st fifteen)?
Christchurch Boys High School 1st XV, New Zealand U20s, Waikato ITM Cup, Gallagher Chiefs

What primary school(s) did you go to?
Ilam Primary School

What high school(s) did you go to?
Christchurch Boys High School

Favourite subject at school?
Physical Education

How many siblings do you have?
Two – one brother and one sister

Any trades or university qualifications?
I’m currently studying sports and leisure studies.

Who was your favourite player growing up?
Sonny Bill-Williams

Who is your favourite non-rugby sportsperson or sports team?
Michael Jordan

Favourite band or musician?

What do you eat for breakfast on game day?
Cereal or toast with eggs

Fantasy dinner party: Who would be your top three dinner guests (dead or alive)?
Michael Jordan, Justin Bieber, Beyonce

What do you do for fun away from rugby?

Best holiday destination?

What would you eat for your last ever meal?

An interesting fact about you?
I played Super Rugby before I played senior club rugby

What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
Work hard kid

What does representing the Gallagher Chiefs mean to you?
It means a lot to me to be in such an awesome environment with good values, hard work ethics and a higher brotherhood.

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