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Don't miss the Gallagher Chiefs first run of the year at Rotorua International Stadium against 2015 Australian conference winners the Waratahs! With the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season kicking off just two weeks later, players on both sides will be out to impress and push their case for selection into the playing 23. Months of preseason training have prepared the players for what will be an intense and demanding hit out. With new faces in both camps this game is a must-see for supporters looking to gain an insight into what's in store for their team this 2016 Investec Super Rugby season!
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All Blacks and Gallagher Chiefs tighthead prop Nepo Laulala sustained a serious knee injury at a team training on Friday afternoon. Scans have revealed that Laulala has torn three ligaments in his right knee; the ACL, PCL and MCL. He will undergo knee reconstruction surgery in the near future. The expected recovery time is 12 months ruling 24-year-old Laulala out of all rugby for 2016.
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We are excited to announce the Gallagher Chiefs and Waikato Rugby Union membership options for 2016. The next two years see some exciting rugby coming to the Waikato, and the Gallagher Chiefs and Waikato Rugby Union are working with FMG Stadium to bring these games to our loyal fans.
The Gallagher Chiefs celebrate 20 Years Strong, having been part of the Super Rugby competition since 1996. Investec Super Rugby now consists of 18 teams, including new clubs from Japan and Argentina. Waikato Rugby will start their season with the Ranfurly Shield safe in the cabinet after a thrilling end to their 2015 season. Add to this the All Blacks vs Argentina in September 2016 and the Gallagher Chiefs vs British Irish Lions in 2017. Plus we are thrilled to announce the Welsh team taking on the Gallagher Chiefs in a midweek match during the June 2016 International break at FMG Stadium Waikato.
Our fans are the life blood of our team and that’s why we offer such great membership packages.
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The Gallagher Chiefs will play two trial games in preparation for their 2016 Investec Super Rugby campaign which kicks off against the BNZ Crusaders at AMI Stadium, Christchurch in just six weeks’ time. The two-time Investec Super Rugby champions will play their first preseason fixture against the Waratahs at 4:00pm on Friday the 12th of February at Rotorua International Stadium. The following week the Gallagher Chiefs will take on their northern neighbours, the Blues, at ECOLight Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 5:05pm on Friday, February the 19th.
In addition to assisting the Gallagher Chiefs in preparing for their on-field performances, holding the two trial games within the Chiefs region contributes to the team’s objective to connect with their valued fan-base. The two games follow the Chiefs Summer Roadie in late January, which will see the team engage with communities in over 18 towns and cities from Opotiki to Waihi.
The decision to hold the two trial games in Rotorua and Pukekohe respectively, was determined in view of several factors including the regional spread of games and the existing infrastructure at potential venues within the Chiefs region. Despite extensive efforts to hold a game at the Tauranga Domain, ultimately the lack of infrastructure and time constraints rendered it unsuitable.
Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said in light of this, Rotorua International Stadium became the logical venue.
“We’re very aware of the huge following the Gallagher Chiefs have in Tauranga and it remains an important market for us. We are disappointed that preliminary plans to hold a preseason game at the Tauranga Domain did not eventuate, but ultimately the lack of infrastructure and associated costs of delivering a venue to the required standard became prohibitive.
“We have a strong desire to play games in Tauranga in the future and will continue working with the Tauranga City Council and other stakeholders to make this a reality. That aside we are delighted to be returning to ECOLight Stadium for the first time since 2012 and to Rotorua International Stadium. These two venues are purpose built for rugby and are home to many passionate and loyal Gallagher Chiefs supporters,” said Flexman.
Tickets for the two Gallagher Chiefs trial fixtures against the Waratahs and Blues will be on sale from the 2nd of February 2016. Chiefs season members will be granted free entry to the games. Memberships are available now, for further information please visit chiefs.co.nz or call 0800 4 CHIEFS.
Experienced campaigners Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden will co-captain the Gallagher Chiefs in 2016. Cane made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Gallagher Chiefs in 2011, with Cruden moving north from the Hurricanes to join the Chiefs in 2012. To date, the duo has amassed a combined 121 caps for the two-time Super Rugby champions.
Gallagher Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said the appointment of Cruden and Cane as co-captains allowed them to share the significant workload the captaincy involves.
“Sharing the captaincy and the accompanying workload between two proud Chiefs men in Sam and Aaron makes a lot of sense. They’re both bloody good players and quality men, who set high expectations and demand the best from their teammates both on and off the field.
“Having Aaron here during the preseason to train alongside the new boys has given him the opportunity to connect with them and also empathise with how hard they’ve been working. Sam is back training this week inspired and determined, having had a decent break to regenerate following his impressive 2015 year with the Chiefs and All Blacks” said Rennie.
Gallagher Chiefs co-captain Aaron shared his excitement about his return to rugby following a lengthy injury break: “I’m really excited to be back training and in the Chiefs environment after such a long injury layoff. It’s nice to be running around again and getting to know the new men in the squad. I’ve been really impressed with the work ethic of the whole group during preseason and I’m looking forward to leading this team with Sam in 2016 and hopefully through our hard work, bringing another title back to the Chiefs region.”
Co-captain and Rugby World Cup-winning All Black Sam Cane added: “It’s been nice to physically and mentally recharge the batteries after a memorable 2015. Growing up in this region and being a Chiefs supporter from a young age it’s a huge honour to lead the 2016 Gallagher Chiefs with Aaron. It’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to and am excited about. We’ve got a great mix of youth and experience in the squad and a lot of great leaders within the group who will support us and share the workload”.
The demands of captaincy is something both Aaron Cruden and Sam Cane are familiar with having held numerous leadership roles in recent years. In addition to his significant involvement in leadership groups, Cruden co-captained the Gallagher Chiefs alongside Liam Messam in 2014. Prior to that, he captained the New Zealand Under-20 team to a world title in 2009 and captained his home province Manawatu in the national provincial competition at just 20 years of age. The influential first five-eighth has 280 Test points and 37 caps to his name for the All Blacks and has played 56 games for the Gallagher Chiefs to date.
Sam Cane’s leadership abilities were highlighted internationally in 2015 when the 23-year-old captained the All Blacks against Namibia in their second pool game of the Rugby World Cup. It was a natural progression for the young flanker having been involved in the All Blacks leadership group since 2013. It also won’t be his first time at the helm for the Gallagher Chiefs, in 2015 he captained the team against the Highlanders in the absence of regular captain Liam Messam. The Reporoa-born loose-forward has accrued 50 Test points and 30 caps for the All Blacks and has played 65 games for the Gallagher Chiefs to date.
The Gallagher Chiefs take on the Lions in their first home game of the 2016 Investec Super Rugby competition on Saturday the 5th of March at FMG Stadium Waikato. Memberships are available now - see www.chiefs.co.nz for more information
A giant 2016 Gallagher Chiefs jersey adorns the building of naming rights sponsor Gallagher after it was unveiled at a special blessing ceremony today. The Gallagher Chiefs squad attended the event alongside Gallagher staff and members of the media to witness the blessing of the new jersey by Ora Kihi.
Adidas launched the full range of Investec Super Rugby jerseys today at Auckland Grammar. The Gallagher Chiefs jersey is a stunning design and now available at the Chiefs store. Get yours in time for christmas... http://store.chiefs.co.nz/
Community engagement, charitable work and team-building are all on the agenda for the Gallagher Chiefs 2016 preseason camp. The team has planned an extensive week-long tour of over 16 towns and cities in late January to connect with fans and give back to a Chiefs community whose support will be vital in navigating their most demanding Investec Super Rugby campaign to date.
Two special fundraising events have been included in the Gallagher Chiefs itinerary. Whakatane locals will have the opportunity to host several Chiefs players for dinner on the Tuesday evening, as part of a unique auction designed to raise funds for Whakatane community rugby.
On Wednesday evening the Bay of Plenty community will unite for inspirational Gallagher Chiefs super-sub Austin Manning at a fundraising dinner in his honour. Seven-year old Austin suffers from health challenges including cerebral palsy. With the full support of the Chiefs Rugby Club, Austin is fundraising for a trip to America to have life-altering surgery and extensive rehabilitation. A Dinner for Austin will be held at the ASB Arena Baypark with tables available for purchase from $1200 + GST. Visit chiefs.co.nz for more details.
Gallagher Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said: “While this week has a conditioning and team building focus, it has as much to do with connecting with and supporting our communities. Over the past four years we have placed a massive emphasis on meaningful engagement right across our region and our boys enjoy the interaction. We are more than just a Hamilton based team and it’s a great chance for us to understand who we are and who we represent. It will be great fun and we are really looking forward to it.”
Details are still being finalised for the tour and more information on the visits will be released in due course, but for now Chiefs fans can mark the following dates down and look forward to meeting their 2016 Gallagher Chiefs.
Gallagher Chiefs 2016 Summer Roadie itinerary – more stops could still be added!
Monday 25th January: Cambridge, Tirau, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Murupara, Reporoa, Kawerau
Tuesday 26th January: Opotiki, Whakatane
Wednesday 27th January: Te Puke, Mount Maunganui
Thursday 28th January: Katikati
Friday 29th January: Waihi, Paeroa, Morrinsville
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We are getting behind a very worthy organisation in Waikato Women’s Refuge – Te Whakaruruhau this Christmas to bring much needed joy to the lives of families affected by domestic violence.
In the spirit of giving, the Chiefs are calling on their community to donate Christmas presents for the children of families who have sought refuge from violence this year through Te Whakaruruhau. Presents can be delivered to the Chiefs office in Hamilton where a Christmas tree has been set up as a collection point.
The Gallagher Chiefs team are getting behind this initiative with each player donating a gift to go under the tree. Furthermore the players will spend time with Women’s Refuge families, to create a positive and memorable experience for these children before Christmas.
Chiefs chief executive officer Andrew Flexman said the present drive served to reinforce the organisation’s firm stance against domestic violence.
“We have been a strong and vocal advocate of anti-violence campaigns in recent years and wish to again reinforce our commitment to improving outcomes for women and children. Sadly, the scourge of domestic violence is often felt most strongly during the festive season.
“Providing these children with a gift at Christmas, generously donated by our community through the Chiefs present drive, means our children can share in the joy of Christmas” said Flexman.
Waikato Women’s Refuge - Te Whakaruruhau provides a 24 hour crisis service, safe housing and community based services. Their objectives are to provide accessible support, advice and information so that women can protect themselves (and their children) from violence in their homes.
For more information on Te Whakaruruhau please see their website www.tewhakaruruhau.org.nz.
The Chiefs and Kobelco Steelers high performance partnership has seen Gallagher Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie spend a week with the Kobelco Steelers in their preparations for the Japanese Top League rugby season.
The Gallagher Chiefs will play the BNZ Crusaders in Fiji at ANZ Stadium, Suva on Friday 1 July 2016 in their Round 15 Investec Super Rugby match.
The unique fixture is the result of an extensive amount of work by multiple parties who were eager to have more top class rugby in the Pacific Islands.
Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said “We know how much the Pacific Island people love their rugby and this year’s test match between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks was testament to that.
“This is a great opportunity to take the Gallagher Chiefs to Fiji and help promote the game in their country. Fijians have added a huge amount to New Zealand’s rugby heritage and it is fitting that we can give something back as well as expose our brand in a new territory.”
“The fixture is a culmination of a lot of hard work by numerous parties, none more so than the game promoter Fortress Information Systems and the Government of Fiji. We should also acknowledge the New Zealand Rugby Players Association and our players for their support of this venture”.
There is great excitement within Fiji Tourism and the Government of Fiji about showcasing Fiji and its national stadium in Suva alongside the Fijian people’s love of rugby. The match will be accessible for the local people with Fortress willing to provide discounted tickets for Fijian citizens to watch the match.
Exclusive ‘Chiefs Road Crew’ tour packages will be available soon for those fans that would like to be part of this special match and all 2016 members will automatically go in the draw to win ‘The Ultimate Chiefs Experience’ which is a trip for two to Fiji to watch their team take on the BNZ Crusaders.
The Chiefs Rugby Club continue their commitment to take Investec Super Rugby to as many parts of their region when they play their two pre-season games against the Waratahs in the Bay of Plenty and the Blues in Counties Manukau. They will also return to Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth for their Round 10 competition match against the Sharks.
Flexman said “We are a truly regional team and cover a vast area so want to connect with as many of our supporters as possible.”
Current members are invited to renew now and new membership enquiries can be made through www.chiefs.co.nz.
Gallagher Chiefs 2016 Pre-season Fixtures
Friday 12 February Gallagher Chiefs v Waratahs, Bay of Plenty Friday 19 February Gallagher Chiefs v Blues, Counties Manukau Gallagher Chiefs 2016 Investec Super Rugby Home Fixtures
Saturday 5 March Gallagher Chiefs v Lions 5.15pm FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Saturday 26 March Gallagher Chiefs v Western Force 7.35pm FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Friday 8 April Gallagher Chiefs v Blues 7.35pm FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Friday 29 April Gallagher Chiefs v Sharks 7.35pm Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth Saturday 7 May Gallagher Chiefs v Highlanders 7.35pm FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Saturday 21 May Gallagher Chiefs v Rebels 7.35pm FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Friday 1 July Gallagher Chiefs v Crusaders 7.35pm ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji
The Gallagher Chiefs will host 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter finalists Wales in Hamilton on Tuesday evening, 14 June 2016.
The match will be played during the June International window at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton and is expected to draw huge interest given the regions connection with Welsh Rugby; Wales are coached by Hamilton’s Honorary Ambassador and former Hamilton Boys High School student Warren Gatland and former Chiefs player Gareth Anscombe is in the squad.
Gallagher Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said “The combination of Wales success and popularity at the current Rugby World Cup and Warren’s connections to this region, will make for a very special match.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this unique opportunity for our loyal fans and are grateful to the Welsh Rugby Union, New Zealand Rugby, Waikato Rugby Union and the Hamilton City Council for helping make this happen.”
Dave Rennie, Gallagher Chiefs head coach believes the international match will fall in a crucial time for his side’s Investec Super Rugby campaign.
“The chance for provincial players to play against International sides is a rarity in the professional era, so we are really excited by the challenge.
“Gats is hugely respected in this community so it’s a nice fit for him to bring his Welsh team home to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs.”
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “It is great our midweek match against the Chiefs has been confirmed.
“For the squad it will be a great opportunity to have further game time together ahead of the second and third tests against the All Blacks.
“For me personally it will be an honour to bring Wales to Hamilton and face the Chiefs.”
The kick-off time for the night time match will be confirmed shortly.
Gallagher Chiefs and Waikato Rugby memberships are available with the option to include the Chiefs v Wales match. Current members are invited to renew now and new membership enquiries can be made on the Chiefs website here.
The Gallagher Chiefs have named their squad for the upcoming 2016 Investec Super Rugby season.
Head coach Dave Rennie believes they have assembled a squad with a good blend of enthusiastic debutants and experience, with 12 current and former All Blacks in the team.
“We’ve selected an outstanding group of men, high on character and competitive edge.
The 14 new faces, our highest turnover since 2012 when we had 16, gives us an exciting blend of youth and experience and excellent depth throughout.
“The new competition structure will be challenging with more travel, but being the first team to play in Buenos Aires will be an amazing occasion,” said Rennie.
There are 26 players returning to the Gallagher Chiefs who include Japanese RWC captain and Chiefs New Player of the Year in 2015, Michael Leitch and former All Black and Rugby World Cup hero Stephen Donald. Donald has played 85 matches for the Chiefs, last appearing for the side in 2011.
There are a total of 25players from the Chiefs region Provincial Unions with seven from Counties Manukau and Waikato, six from Taranaki and five from Bay of Plenty.
Sonny Bill Williams and Augustine Pulu from Counties Manukau will be involved in the All Blacks Sevens squad in 2016 at a Tier 1 and Tier 2 level respectively.
Fourteennew players will join the Gallagher Chiefs with 11 players expected to make their Investec Super Rugby debut*.
Those players include Sam Vaka from the All Blacks Sevens side and Counties Manukau and Mitch Karpik from the New Zealand U20’s 2015 IRB Junior World Cup winning team who has been a stand out for Auckland in the ITM Cup and has now joined Bay of Plenty. James Tucker and Tom Sanders, both from the 2014 New Zealand U20’s team, former Warrior Glen Fisiiahi, Teleni Seu from Auckland, Latu Vaeno from Taranaki and Chase Tiatia all become new Chiefs.
20 year-old Tiatia caught the Chiefs eye during the ITM Cup season with Bay of Plenty after making the move from Wellington. Last year he played ITM Cup and in the inaugural winning team of the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament for Wellington.
Tiatia said “I have worked with some of the Gallagher Chiefs staff and they have really looked after me and encouraged my development this year, so I was keen to continue with this pathway.”
The captain of the 2015 world champion New Zealand U20’s team Atu Moli and his Waikato team mate Shaun Stevenson will be in line to make their Super Rugby debut having come from this year’s Chiefs Development team. The Gallagher Chiefs features 12 players in the squad from the Chiefs Development programme.
Three Super Rugby players will make their Gallagher Chiefs debut**. Dominic Bird and Nepo Laulala from the Crusaders and Sam McNicol from the Hurricanes have all made the move north.
Nineteen year-old McNicol made his Investec Super Rugby debut against the Chiefs earlier this year in Taranaki.
McNicol who grew up in Hawke’s Bay said “I jumped at the opportunity that the Gallagher Chiefs have given me and am looking forward to getting some game time in this highly competitive sport. I have heard great things about the Chiefs environment and am looking forward to my move.”
A fractured eye socket in a pre-season game for Wellington limited McNicol’s opportunities in this years’ ITM Cup
Kieran Keane from the Tasman Makos and Neil Barnes from the RWC Canadian team join Dave Rennie and Andrew Strawbridge to complete the Gallagher Chiefs coaching team.
A special member of the Chiefs whanau, Austin Manning from Mount Manganui has been named as the 41st man in the Gallagher Chiefs Squad. The seven year old is suffering from cerebral palsy. Austin is confined to a wheelchair and requires help for all of life’s tasks. The Gallagher Chiefs will be fundraising to assist Austin to get to St Louis in America for an operation that will radically change his and his family’s life. Austin’s Mum is also going through her own battle with cancer. Visit https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/austinsdreamtowalkto help Austin.
Gallagher Chiefs memberships will be on sale soon. Current members will be invited to renew their membership first and new membership enquiries can be made through www.chiefs.co.nz. Gallagher Chiefs Investec Super Rugby Squad Michael Allardice – Lock (Hawke’s Bay) Johan Bardoul – Loose forward (Bay of Plenty) Dominic Bird – Lock (Canterbury)** Sam Cane – Loose forward (Bay of Plenty) Stephen Donald – First five-eighth (Waikato) Aaron Cruden – First five-eighth (Manawatu) Hika Elliot - Hooker (Taranaki) Glen Fisiiahi - Utility Back (Counties Manukau)* Siegfried Fisiihoi – Prop (Bay of Plenty)* Mitchell Graham - Prop (Taranaki) Nathan Harris - Hooker (Bay of Plenty) Andrew Horrell - Midfield back (Hawke’s Bay) Mitchell Karpik – Loose forward (Auckland-Bay of Plenty)* Tawera Kerr-Barlow – Halfback (Waikato) Tevita Koloamatangi – Loose forward (Tasman) Nepo Laulala – Prop (Canterbury)** Michael Leitch – Loose forward (Japan) Anton Lienert-Brown – Midfield back (Waikato) James Lowe – Winger (Tasman) Pauliasi Manu – Prop (Counties Manukau) Rhys Marshall – Hooker (Taranaki) Damian McKenzie – First five-eighth/Fullback (Waikato) Sam McNicol – Outside back (Wellington)** Atu Moli – Prop (Waikato)* Charlie Ngatai – Midfield back (Taranaki) Augustine Pulu – Halfback (Counties Manukau) Toni Pulu – Winger (Counties Manukau) Brodie Retallick – Lock (Bay of Plenty-Hawke’s Bay) Tom Sanders – Loose forward (Canterbury) * Teleni Seu – Loose forward (Auckland)* Shaun Stevenson – Outside back (Waikato)* Seta Tamanivalu – Midfield back (Taranaki) Chase Tiatia – Outside back (Bay of Plenty)* Siate Tokolahi – Prop (Canterbury) James Tucker – Lock (Waikato)* Maama Vaipulu – Loose forward (Counties Manukau) Latu Vaeno – Winger (Taranaki)* Sam Vaka – Midfield back (Counties Manukau)* Brad Weber – Halfback (Waikato-Hawke’s Bay) Sonny Bill Williams – Midfield (Counties Manukau) Austin Manning – Supersub (Bay of Plenty) ***
*Super Rugby debut
** Gallagher Chiefs debut ***Special team member
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The 2016 Investec Super Rugby draw has now been confirmed. We will update shortly with venues for the Chiefs home games.
New Zealand U20’s Junior World Cup winning captain Atunaisa Moli has signed with the Chiefs for the next two years.
The versatile Waikato prop who can play both sides of the scrum has impressed Chiefs coach Dave Rennie since being a part of the Chiefs Development programme in 2014.
Moli toured with the Chiefs Development team to Hong Kong earlier this season in addition to spending time training with the Chiefs Investec Super Rugby squad.
Rennie said “Atu is a big man with a big future. We've got to know him well over the past couple of seasons from a character and training perspective. His work ethic and desire to develop his game is impressive.”
It has been an exciting time for the 20 year-old tighthead prop. Having led his country to their first Junior World Cup championship since 2011, Moli is rapt to have his first Super Rugby contract.
The 125kg prop said “I enjoy living in Hamilton and the Chiefs and Waikato have done a lot for me, so it was a logical choice to sign with them both.”
“I have learned a lot and am looking forward to continue that learning with the Chiefs.”
Moli will continue to play his ITM Cup for Waikato. He has represented the New Zealand U20’s in 2014 and 2015 and captained the Marlborough Boys First XV in 2013.
Warrior Glen Fisiiahi is set to make a return to rugby and will be joining the Chiefs for the next two years.
The 24 year-old former Wesley College Sports Dux and Counties Manukau U18 rugby player, who had offers to stay in rugby league said “I wanted a change and to switch back to Union with the Chiefs.”
“I have really enjoyed the league environment but I have rekindled my interest in rugby and want to try a different environment. I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my sporting career and a fresh challenge.
The outside back said “I have been impressed by what I have seen at the Chiefs and I believe it will be a good fit for me.”
Coach Dave Rennie said “Glen is a great addition to our group. In the mould of Asaeli Tikoirotuma, he is electric, has a strong skill set and is an outstanding support player. The opportunity to roam on both sides of the park in our game will suit him.”
Fisiiahi has signed to play his ITM Cup for the Counties Manukau Provincial Union.
Counties Manukau CEO Andrew Maddock said “We are excited to welcome Glen back to Counties Manukau. He will be a great asset to our Union and complement the Steelers well.”
After playing alongside Augustine Pulu and Charlies Piutau in the Wesley College First XV, Fisiiahi started playing league for the Junior Warriors in 2009. He joined the first grade Warriors side in 2011 and has been part of the NRL team since. He has also represented Tonga in the 2013 League World Cup.
One of the Chiefs most versatile backs, Andrew Horrell has re-committed to the Club for another Investec Super Rugby season.
With four years of Super Rugby and two championship titles to his name, the 27 year-old has proven to be one of the most useful players in the Chiefs team, having played four different positions.
Head Coach Dave Rennie said “In a world of massive midfielders, Hozza is a point of difference. With an intelligent footy brain and quality skill set, his ability to create opportunities for others is first class. Andrew’s experience and versatility make him a huge asset to this club.”
Horrell said “I am excited about our new season. We have some new coaches and new opportunities. I love playing for the Chiefs and I want to win another title with this group of top lads.
Horrell has play 49 matches for the Chiefs since making his debut in 2012 against the Blues in Round two.
Horrell joins the following Chiefs players who have already committed to the Chiefs for 2016: Michael Allardice, Dominic Bird, Johan Bardoul, Sam Cane, Aaron Cruden, Hika Elliot, Mitchell Graham, Nathan Harris, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tevita Koloamatangi, Nepo Laulala, Michael Leitch, Anton Lienert-Brown, James Lowe, Pauliasi Manu, Damian McKenzie, Charlie Ngatai, Augustine Pulu, Toni Pulu, Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire, Seta Tamanivalu, Siate Tokolahi, Maama Vaipulu, Brad Weber and Sonny Bill Williams.
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