Today we’ve been busy getting out and about in the beautiful Taranaki ahead of our mid-season hit out against the Hurricanes at the TSB Hub in Hawera tomorrow.

The day started bright and early with Tim, Tiaan and Lachlan venturing out to More FM to be interviewed live on air. It was great to be in the studio and Tiaan even managed to win the Taranaki quiz!

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We then travelled to Inglewood where the players had the pleasure of leading a skills session with 100 keen kids, organized by our friends First Windows & Doors. We really enjoyed leading the kids in different drills and seeing so much talent on show. The kids seemed to have a lot of fun and cherished getting a selfie and autograph at the end of the event.

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For Manaakitanga, we split into groups and headed to four primary schools around New Plymouth to visit the students and play some rugby with them. We visited Fitzroy Primary, St John Bosco, Merrilands School and Central School. The enthusiasm of the students was contagious and we were buzzing to play touch rugby with the kids, give them some tips and answer some tough questions in assembly! Central School even had their strongest kids attempt to tackle us in front of their class.

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To conclude the day, we had a captain’s run at Yarrow Stadium where we finished our preparation ahead of tomorrow’s big game. It was nice to meet fans after and get their best wishes before our clash against the Hurricanes.

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Tomorrow we take on the Hurricanes at the TSB Hub in Hawera. Entry is free and we will have a gold coin collection, raising funds toward Sport Taranaki and their TSSSA Taranaki Youth Forum, which is a cause nominated by Craig Norgate’s widow Jane Norgagte.

As an organisation, we are honoured to be commemorating Craig Norgate and supporting an organisation so fitting for what he stood for. Bring a gold coin this Thursday to support a great cause in the Taranaki community.

In the 46th minute of the first test of the All Blacks June series against France, Gallagher Chiefs prop Karl Tu’inukuafe came on for his All Blacks debut at Eden Park, the same stadium he made his Chiefs debut for just over three months ago.

A thunderous scrum followed led by Karl in the front row, and at the close of play, Karl Tu’inukuafe had passed his first international test with flying colours.

Not one person could have foreseen the remarkable rise Karl has made in the last three months. Coming in as injury cover for the Gallagher Chiefs, the humble prop had trained with the team throughout pre-season and was deservedly awarded a place in the team as an injury replacement player where he made his debut against the Blues at the start of the month. 

A Chiefs fan from his high school days, Karl couldn’t believe he was finally putting on the Chiefs colours and taking the field.

“I never thought I’d get the chance to step on the field and make my debut against the Blues. It was a dream come true because at high school I was always a big fan of the Chiefs, it was such a special feeling.”

The Chiefs culture has stood out to Karl since he has been in the team environment and he noted that emphasis on the team and not the individual.

“The culture at the Chiefs is unreal. I guess playing is something that every player knows what to do, and the brotherhood here helps to push you further.

“Everyone is really helpful. No one is out for themselves and they care about the team, we all back each other.”

A highlight for Karl this season has been the travel and seeing different parts of the world such as Japan and South Africa.

“I loved going overseas and seeing different parts of the world that I definitely wouldn’t have if I wasn’t playing right now. I’ve loved seeing South Africa and Japan. Playing in Cape Town was unreal with the crowd over there.”

The powerful prop commented on how strong fans support of the team is and the loyalty they show.

“Even before I made my debut for the team, I notice that the Chiefs fans are some of the most loyal around, win or lose, the support is unreal from the fans here.”

And when the call up for the All Blacks came, it was such a surreal moment for Karl, one he struggled to believe was true.

“I just couldn’t believe it, I thought it was someone playing a joke! When I knew it was serious, I was so happy.”

Out of rugby, Karl mentions he is a sweet tooth, and that it was a highlight to try out sweets he hadn’t had before in South Africa!

“I am a bit of a sweet tooth! I remember when I was in South Africa, I was trying sweet food I haven’t had before – it was unreal.” Laughs Karl.

Karl is in the All Blacks squad for the remaining two games of the June International series against France, where he will then link back up with the Gallagher Chiefs squad for the last three round robin home games of the season against the Highlanders, Brumbies and Hurricanes.

The Investec Super Rugby 2019 Draw has today been confirmed, with the Gallagher Chiefs kicking off at home in the opening match of the competition in a gripping New Zealand derby, on Friday the 15th of February against southern foes the Highlanders.

The Gallagher Chiefs will again face all the New Zealand teams home and away with home derbies to be played against the Hurricanes in Round 5, Blues in Round 9, and the Crusaders in Round 16 for a fiery last round robin home game of the season.

We are excited to welcome the Sunwolves back to Chiefs Country in Round 3 and also host the Lions, Sharks and Reds. It will be the first time facing off at home against these tough South African opposition since 2016.  

A tough and intriguing international tour beckons where the team will face the Bulls in South Africa, before travelling to Argentina to take on the Jaguares.

The Investec Super Rugby competition structure will run uninterrupted for 21 weeks as there is no June inbound international matches in 2019 due to the World Cup in Japan. That will make for an action packed Round Robin series for fans to enjoy with the playoffs beginning on the 22 June, with the final to be played on Saturday 6 July.

The Chiefs Rugby Club are currently working on securing the eight home game venues and will let fans know these as soon as they are confirmed.

Get ahead of the game with a great membership offer for 2019 – all the best Investec Super Rugby in Chiefs Country plus the Sevens and a bonus of the last two round robin home games of the 2018 season at FMG Stadium Waikato facing the Brumbies and the Hurricanes. Visit chiefs.co.nz for more information.

 

The Gallagher Chiefs will play the Hurricanes on Hicks Park at the TSB Hub in Hawera, on Thursday 21 June.

This is the farthest south the Chiefs Rugby Club have taken a game.  The Club felt it was a fitting location for two passionate teams to go head to head and acknowledge the immense contribution to rugby of Hawera local Craig Norgate. 

South Taranaki District Mayor Ross says it was a real coup that Hawera was able to secure the match which would be played as a midseason ‘friendly’ game during the international window of the Investec Super Rugby season, while the All Blacks were playing France.

“It’s fantastic to see the Super Rugby clubs returning to the provincial grass roots and giving fans, both young and old, the opportunity to see these elite players play on their home turf,” says Mayor Dunlop. “And given the history of the Hurricanes and Chiefs Super Rugby clubs in the region, I’m sure there will be strong support for both teams.”

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper was looking forward to visiting the strong rugby community.

“We are really looking forward to visiting Hawera to play the Hurricanes and meet the passionate Taranaki fans. It’s a great opportunity to get some game time and preparation under our belt in the June break before we go to Fiji to face the Highlanders. We’re excited to come to Hawera and to bring a game to the Taranaki region and it’ll be special to commemorate past Chiefs board member Craig Norgate for this game.  Craig was a deeply competitive, intelligent and passionate man and it is fitting to play a game in the same spirit in his home town.”

Taranaki Rugby Football Union Chief Executive Jeremy Parkinson was thrilled to see the Gallagher Chiefs visiting the region and displaying the pathway from province to Super Rugby. 

"The Taranaki Rugby Football Union are looking forward to the Chiefs travelling to our region and taking a game against the Hurricanes out into our community.  As a stakeholder in the club it is important that we stay connected and showcase the pathway through the province into Super Rugby.  We have a significant number of Taranaki players in the Chiefs and it will be good to see them on display in Hawera later in the month playing in the region that developed and promoted them to this level."

The Gallagher Chiefs team are looking forward to meeting many fans throughout South Taranaki and New Plymouth over the two days.

The Gallagher Chiefs and Hurricanes share a fierce rivalry, and will be using this match as motivation to prepare for the business end of the season. The teams will then face off again in the final round of the Investec Super Rugby competition on Friday 13 July in Hamilton.

The game starts at 1pm on Thursday 21 June and entry is free. 

The Chiefs Rugby Club is launching its new Alumni programme created by Gallagher Chiefs players Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam and Stephen Donald.

The Alumni programme is for players and ex-players of the Chiefs Rugby Club along with team management and staff who have worked for the Chiefs for over five years.

The main purpose of the programme is to raise funds for Alumni members and their families who may fall on hard times or need financial assistance accessing personal or professional development tools.

This year the Alumni programme is raising funds for the five children of late Gallagher Chiefs player #120 Sione Lauaki. We would like to gift a trust account which Sione’s children can draw on for education and training purposes.

This Alumni fundraising event will be hosted by Gallagher Chiefs players and high profile ex-Chiefs including Ian Jones, Richard Turner, Errol Brain and more to be announced. There will be entertainment and live and silent auctions organised and donated by the players themselves.

A table is purchased for nine guests with the tenth guest being a Gallagher Chiefs player hosting you for the evening. Montana Catering are proudly sponsoring all food and beverage for the evening including a table served main meal and dessert and a selection of New Zealand’s premium beer and wine brands.

Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato
Date: Tuesday 3rd July, 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Cost: $1600+GST per table of 9

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A Chiefs Women’s Sevens team has returned from Nanjing, China after a week of extensive training and matches with the Jiangsu women’s sevens team.

In a special first for a New Zealand Super Rugby Club, the Chiefs sent a Women’s Sevens team to China to train and play with the Jiangsu team with the aim of assisting in their rugby development in preparation for Jiangsu’s berth at the 2019 Women’s World Sevens Series.

The team came about through a collaborative effort between New Zealand Women’s Sevens, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Taranaki & Counties Manukau to field a squad and support staff that travelled over to the province of Jiangsu in China.

Chiefs CEO Mike Collins spoke of his excitement at seeing the project succeed.

“It was really exciting to bring this project together. This opportunity has afforded the Chiefs Rugby Club to assemble a Chiefs Women’s Team. Spending some time with the team in China, it is hard, not to appreciate, the player’s athleticism, work ethic and pride they took in representing the Chiefs Rugby Club.”

The partnership between the Chiefs Rugby Club and Jiangsu was formed in February, where the Chiefs hosted the Chinese team. They were preparing for important matches against Shandong, the number one ranked team in China, where the winner of these games would represent China at the World Sevens Series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong.

Following this experience in Hamilton, Jiangsu went on to beat Shandong two games to one, dethroning Shandong who had been the champions for the last eight years. Jiangsu then represented China at the Hong Kong tournament, where they played exceptionally well and ended up remarkably beating South Africa in the final to gain entry to the 2019 Women’s World Series.

Collins was thrilled by the progress Jiangsu had made since the partnership began.

“It was encouraging to witness the gains the Jiangsu team had made since the Chiefs started working with them in February. To see them beat Shandong, the reigning champions and qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Series was great.”

Chiefs Women’s player Huia Harding spoke of how special it was to represent the Chiefs jersey in China.

“Having a strong interest in the Chiefs, it was a huge honour to put on the Chiefs jersey and represent the team. It was really cool to get out there and connect with the Jiangsu girls and play rugby which we love to do.”

Harding also spoke of the skill and athleticism the Jiangsu team displayed.

“We saw the girls train a couple of days before we played them. They’re fit, strong and talented players. There was so much mutual respect and they were great rugby players. They play a different style of rugby for us and it was great experience for us as players to experience.”

Chiefs team coach Paul Williams witnessed rugby and the Chiefs culture to be a vehicle to bring the two cultures together.

“It was apparent how the Chiefs culture helped to break down barriers and bring us together. The Chinese girls all wished us well and commented how much they enjoyed working with us. It was bigger than the game and it really showed how rugby can bring cultures together.”

Jiangsu also appreciated the skill and experience the Chiefs team brought with them and Williams was delighted at how they represented the Chiefs brand.

“The Jiangsu team were really appreciative of the calibre of players that we brought over and the opportunity to train and better themselves through working and playing against our girls. I was proud to see the girls represent the Chiefs jersey with so much pride and they were a real credit to our brand.”

The Chiefs Rugby Club and Jiangsu are planning further training and player opportunities in the future.

“In conjunction with our Provincial Union partners, it will be good to continue the ongoing conversation of how we can assist Provincial Unions in the development of women’s rugby in the Chiefs region an how we can continue to capitalise on the Jiangsu partnership” said Collins.

The Chiefs Women’s team which travelled to China was:

Paul Williams - Coach
Tony Burgess - Trainer
Kendall Stevenson - Physio

Players:
Tiana Davison
Huia Harding
Natahlia Moors
Jessie Aitken-Fowell
Rhiarna Ferris
Shiray Tane
Alena Saili

We are so proud to see board member and stalwart of the Chiefs Rugby Club Dallas Fisher recognised in the queens birthday honours, being appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, philanthropy and sport.

Dallas' involvement in our club has been immense, having been involved with the club since its inception and a board member since 2003. His business and philanthropic contribution has been felt not just in the Waikato but throughout New Zealand. Congratulations and thank you from your Chiefs Whanau.

 

In the final round before the three-week international break the Gallagher Chiefs have been beaten 34-20 by the Crusaders at FMG Stadium Waikato.

The match was played at a high intensity from the first whistle in what was an even contest, with the Crusaders sealing the win with a try just four minutes from fulltime, despite a courageous second half performance from the Chiefs.

A fast start from the Crusaders saw them open the scoring with just four minutes on the clock. After some early pressure led to a penalty five metres out from the Gallagher Chiefs line, a quick tap from Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor caught the Chiefs defence napping with Number 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis scoring in the left-hand corner.

First five Richie Mo'unga slotted the sideline conversion for an early 7-0 lead, with his opposite Damian McKenzie getting the Chiefs on the scoreboard soon after with a penalty kick.

As the match headed towards the end of the opening quarter, the Crusaders worked their way downfield and came away with three more points from the boot of Mo'unga.

The response from the Chiefs was superb. Firstly, a break down the right wing from centre Anton Lienert-Brown put them on the front foot, and quick ball from the ruck was pushed wide with a brilliant cut out pass from McKenzie finding wing Sean Wainui, who scored against his old side.

Some brilliance from Charlie Ngatai then made it a quick double strike for the Chiefs. The second five kicked ahead a loose ball from near halfway and then forced a turnover which ended in a try to impressive loose forward Luke Jacobson.

McKenzie was unable to convert either try, but the 10 points in three minutes suddenly saw the Chiefs in front 13-10.

As the fast and physical first half wore on, it was the Crusaders who struck next with a well worked lineout seeing flanker Matt Todd get the try that put the visitors back in front, 17-13 after the Mo'unga conversion, with five minutes left in the half.

With all the momentum late in the first half, as the clocked ticked past 40 minutes there was another chance for Mo'unga to add further points and he made no mistake, extending his side's lead to 20-13 at the break.

On the back of a huge scrum, which earned them a penalty near halfway, the Crusaders added a third try to make a big statement early in the second half. Again, it came off the back of a lineout with the ball moved swiftly right then left with wing George Bridge the man to finish off the movement.

Mo'unga continued his impressive kicking performance, adding another conversion from wide out, to give the Crusaders a comfortable 14-point lead.

Just as it looked like the Crusaders might pull away, the Chiefs hit back in style with a second try to Luke Jacobson. After an initial break from inside their own half by Lienert-Brown and Solomon Alaimalo, the good field position was turned into points as several Chiefs forwards charged close to the line with Jacobson eventually crashing over.

The Chiefs third try seemed to be a huge confidence booster for the home side as they dominated the match for large periods over the next 15 minutes, but they were met by some stern Crusaders defence.

As the match entered the final 10 minutes the Crusaders slowly began to show their composure and experience, holding on to possession to frustrate the Chiefs, and with just four minutes left they were able to land the killer blow - lock Luke Romano scoring the decisive try.

There was a late chance for the Chiefs to snatch a bonus point but a lineout 10 metres from the line was lost, allowing the Crusaders to wind down the remainder of the clock for a deserved win.

Gallagher Chiefs 20 (Luke Jacobson 2, Sean Wainui tries; Damian McKenzie con, pen) Crusaders 34 (Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Matt Todd, George Bridge, Luke Romano tries; Richie Mo'unga 3 cons, 2 pens, Mitchell Hunt con) HT: 13-20.

The Gallagher Chiefs now head into the June international break before returning for the final three round robin matches, starting with the Highlanders in Suva, Fiji on Saturday 30 June.

The Gallagher Chiefs are braced for a huge derby this Saturday in Hamilton against southern rivals the BNZ Crusaders. The 2017 champions return to FMG Stadium Waikato for the first time since 2015 with excitement peaking for this game. Last time the sides met at FMG Stadium Waikato, the Gallagher Chiefs put in a clinical performance to run out 40-16 winners.

Colin Cooper has named an unchanged starting side from the one which beat the Waratahs last Saturday, with key figure Sam Cane returning from injury to the number 20 jersey.

“We’ve picked a very similar team to the one that performed well against the Waratahs. The bench will bring a lot of excitement and spark - we’re really pleased with the quality we have available - it’s a big boost having Sam back”

Angus Ta’avao and Karl Tu’inukuafe continue in the front row with Nathan Harris. Brodie Retallick and Michael Allardice start in the number four and five jerseys, and Luke Jacobson, Mitchell Karpik and Liam Messam make up the loose forward trio. 

Notably in the backs, Charlie Ngatai will start in the midfield again with Anton Lienert-Brown, after a fantastic performance last weekend.

Cooper is aware of the Crusaders’ threat at the set piece and is emphasising discipline for the team’s success this Saturday.

“They are really strong in the set piece so it’ll be a big contest at the scrums and lineouts. Discipline is the key going into this game, but we’re excited to be on our home ground, which is an advantage.”

He was also thrilled with the attacking tenacity the team showed against the Waratahs.

“The Waratahs game has given us a lot of confidence to play the attacking game we want to play against the Crusaders. It’s about knowing your role and having that confidence.”

The game will be the last before the Investec Super Rugby June break, with the competition commencing back again at the beginning of July. The next home game for the Gallagher Chiefs  will be against the Brumbies - an early kick off of 5.15pm on Saturday 7 July at FMG Stadium Waikato.

The match this Queens Birthday Saturday kicks off at 7:35pm at FMG Stadium Waikato. You can get your tickets at ticketdirect.co.nz now!

The Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Crusaders is:

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (11)

2. Nathan Harris (41)

3. Angus Ta’avao (12)

4. Brodie Retallick (95)

5. Michael Allardice (29)

6. Luke Jacobson (9)

7. Mitchell Karpik (9)

8. Liam Messam (174)

9. Brad Weber (52)

10. Damian McKenzie (61)

11. Sean Wainui (10)

12. Charlie Ngatai (51)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (51)

14. Toni Pulu (29)

15. Solomon Alaimalo (21)

16. Liam Polwart (16)

17. Sam Prattley (5)

18. Jeff Thwaites (9)

19. Jesse Parete (4)

20. Sam Cane (103)

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (12)

22. Marty McKenzie (15)

23. Shaun Stevenson (28)

The Gallagher Chiefs have overcome a fast start from the Waratahs to record a crucial 39-27 win at FMG Stadium Waikato to keep themselves right in the Super Rugby playoff hunt.

After falling behind 14-0 early in the first half, the Gallagher Chiefs kept their composure to fight back with 19 unanswered points, and then survived a wild second half to secure a bonus point win with the final play of the match.

The visitors started the match in fine style, dominating field position in the opening minutes, before a well worked set piece move from the Waratahs backline saw wing Cam Clark put into plenty of space to score the first points of the match.

There was a nice response from the Chiefs as they swiftly went on the attack, keeping the ball in hand to pressure the Waratahs defence, but a ruck penalty relieved the pressure.

On the back of that penalty, another set piece play from the Waratahs split the Chiefs defence wide open as centre Curtis Rona was put into a gap by his midfield partner Kurtley Beale, and he raced away to score right next to the posts.

First five Bernard Foley converted both early tries for a 14-0 lead after just 13 minutes of play.

Once more the response from the Chiefs was positive, and a patient build up of 10 phases ended in first five Damian McKenzie finding Brodie Retallick with a pass close to the line, and the big lock ran through untouched to score under the posts.

The Chiefs looked a lot stronger following the Retallick try and were able to pin the Waratahs deep in their own half for the next 10 minutes. Quick thinking from veteran Liam Messam saw him pick up a loose ball at the back of a Waratahs ruck, before offloading to hooker Nathan Harris who was in support to score the try.

McKenzie's conversion hit the upright to leave the Waratahs in front 14-12 after half an hour.

With some momentum now on their side, the Chiefs launched another scintillating attack from a lineout on halfway, with no less than seven offloads eventually ending in McKenzie tumbling his way over the line to give the Chiefs their first lead of the evening.

There was more good ball movement from the Chiefs late in the half but no more points were added and the home side went into the break with a five-point lead.

Early in the second half a piece of brilliance from Waratahs fullback Israel Folau, claiming a high ball, ended in a try in the left-hand corner, but it was ruled out because of a forward pass. Under penalty advantage however, Foley was able to close the gap up to 19-17 with a kick from right in front.

As they had done in the first half, the Chiefs responded superbly to conceding points. An initial break from Sean Wainui down the left wing started the attack, with the ball then moved quickly to Toni Pulu's wing on the right and, after backtracking to gather a loose pass, Pulu beat two defenders with a smooth swerve and fend to score the Chiefs fourth try.

The match continued to swing back and forth as the Waratahs quickly got themselves right back in the game. From 20 metres out Kurtley Beale found a half gap and took full advantage, sprinting to the corner to slide over for the try with Foley's conversion from out wide levelling the scores.

It didn't take long for the Chiefs to regain the lead as just minutes later halfback Brad Weber spotted some space in behind the Waratahs defence and his well-placed kick from 45 metres out allowed Pulu to easily get past the forwards defending out wide to score his second try.

With 15 minutes remaining the Waratahs went close to scoring their fourth try, denied by some desperate Chiefs defence, but were able to come away with another Foley penalty, bringing them back to within two points to set up a tense finish.

Some great ball control under pressure then allowed the Chiefs to wind the clock down to just six minutes remaining, ending with a McKenzie penalty which gave some breathing space.

Another superb piece of skill to take the kick off in the air from Folau saw the Waratahs charge onto attack once more, but a crucial turnover was made by Retallick, allowing the Chiefs to clear back up over halfway.

With time up on the clock, the Chiefs just had to kick to touch to seal the win but Damian McKenzie had other ideas, spotting a gap and slipping a tackle to break away and score a bonus point try with the final play of the match.

Gallagher Chiefs 39 (Toni Pulu 2, Damian McKenzie 2, Brodie Retallick, Nathan Harris tries; McKenzie 3 cons, pen) Waratahs 27 (Cam Clark, Curtis Rona, Kurtley Beale tries; Bernard Foley 3 cons, 2 pens) HT: 19-14.

The Gallagher Chiefs are back at home again next weekend to take on the Crusaders (Saturday 2 June, kick off 7.35pm), their final match before the June international break.

The University of Waikato Chiefs Cup and Trophy competitions have drawn to a close for another year after highly contested finals between determined Chiefs country high school talent.

Wesley College have finished victors of the Chiefs Cup, after a resolute 22-14 win over holders Rotorua Boys High School in the final.

Pukekohe High School took out the Chiefs Trophy, after beating Rose Hill College 20-14 in their final.

A massive thank you to all of our Chiefs region schools who took part in the competition. There were some thrilling matches played throughout Chiefs Country. 

 

Today for manaakitanga, we got into groups and ventured out into our community to spread kindness and carry on the great work from Pink Shirt Day Aotearoa last Friday.

We visited the passionate Tegan Way, a brave six-year old girl from Forest Lake Primary School who has been making a stand against bullying, helping to drive Pink Shirt Day at her school after writing a letter to her principal to organise it.

It was great to be able to visit Tegan and her class, and offer her and her classmates all tickets to our game against the Waratahs tomorrow evening! We were also able to deliver some specially packaged pink lamingtons to the teachers and staff.

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We also spent the morning visiting a bunch of randomly selected valued members with a Friday treat of lamingtons to thank them for their support and to surprise them.

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We were thrilled to be able to chat with our members and to be invited into their homes for a coffee.

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It was great seeing our members’ passion for the team – one member even showed us their membership cards which he’s been collecting since 1996 – now that’s dedication!

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Groups of us visited three of our kind sponsors, AON, Placemakers Clarence Street and Hamilton Radiology to drop off more Lamington’s to make sure the hardworking staff had something to look forward to for morning tea. We really enjoyed getting out to our sponsors and seeing the hard work they put in although Hamilton Radiology have unfortunately seen us this season a whole lot more than we would’ve liked.

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The underlying message we are trying to get through to our Chiefs Country community is spreading kindness and encouraging positive sideline behaviour across all codes at all levels. We cannot wait to play in front of a passionate crowd at FMG Stadium Waikato tomorrow evening, and we look forward to our fans leading the way when it comes to positive sideline interaction. Thanks for the support – click HERE to purchase tickets for tomorrow evening.