The Gallagher Chiefs' 2018 season has ended at the hands of the Hurricanes, going down 32-31 in their quarter final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

After a gutsy 28-24 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton last weekend, the Gallagher Chiefs were unable to back that up as the home side eventually wore them down in the second half. The Chiefs showed great spirit, making a late push with two tries in the final few minutes, but it was not enough.

The Hurricanes got off to a flying start when, just 40 seconds into the match, wing Julian Savea intercepted a wide floating pass from first five Damian McKenzie and raced away from 50 metres out to score under the posts.

Just minutes later with the Gallagher Chiefs hard on attack, Savea plucked another intercept but this time he was run down 15 metres short of the line.

The Gallagher Chiefs then settled nicely after the frantic start and, after an initial break from second give Charlie Ngatai, space was created down the left wing with halfback Brad Weber on hand to get the last pass from Shaun Stevenson and finish off.

McKenzie converted the Weber try from under the posts to tie the scores after a hectic opening eight minutes.

Beauden Barrett nudged the Hurricanes back in front soon after with a penalty kick, while at the other end the Chiefs were showing their intent - turning down three potential shots at goal to keep the pressure on the Hurricanes defence.

After a long period inside the Hurricanes 22, the Chiefs eventually opted to take the points with McKenzie slotting a simple penalty from right in front to level the scores in the 22nd minute.

Play then swung to the other end of the field with the Chiefs now asked to defend their line, and they were up to the task initially before halfback TJ Perenara squeezed his way over off the back of a five metre scrum.

Barrett's conversion opened up a seven-point lead as the match headed past the half hour mark.

There were some bright moments for the Chiefs late in the half, but no further points were added as the home side went to the break with a 17-10 lead.

The Hurricanes started the second half strongly, looking to extend their lead and take full control of the match, but the Chiefs dug deep on defence to deny them.

Out of nowhere, a clearing kick from Ngatai bounced into the hands of loose forward Lachlan Boshier who charged ahead inside the Hurricanes 22. Quick ball from the ruck then found its way to Anton Lienert-Brown with the centre dotting down handy to the posts, McKenzie adding the extras to tie the scores.

The deadlock didn't last long however as Barrett slotted a 40 metre penalty to retake the lead in the 55th minute.

As the match moved into the final quarter the Hurricanes slowly began building pressure and eventually found their way over the line with Perenara once again darting off the back of a scrum to score.

Substitutions from both sides injected some fresh legs and, with the Hurricanes up by eight and 17 minutes remaining, an exciting finish was on the cards.

Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they were unable to get their hands on the ball as the Hurricanes controlled possession well, and they were rewarded with a fourth try, scored in the left-hand corner by wing Ben Lam.

Trying to chase the game in the final 10 minutes, now needing to score three times, the Chiefs very nearly got the instant reply they needed after a break from Lienert-Brown got them within metres of the line, but the ball was lost.

With time running out, the Chiefs were rewarded for their efforts with two late consolation tries in the final few minutes. Fullback Solomon Alaimalo made a break with McKenzie finishing off under the posts, which was followed by a try right on fulltime to Lachlan Boshier, leaving the Chiefs just one-point short.

Gallagher Chiefs 31 (Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown, Damian McKenzie, Lachlan Boshier tries; Damian McKenzie 3 cons, pen, Charlie Ngatai con) Hurricanes 32 (TJ Perenara 2, Julian Savea, Ben Lam tries; Beauden Barrett 2 cons, 2 pens, Jordie Barrett con) HT: 10-17.

Tomorrow evening, we undertake our biggest test of the season so far, a Quarter Final clash against the Hurricanes in the capital city. 

The winner of this game will propel themselves into the semi final to be played the following weekend. The location of this semi final will be dependent on the winner of the second Quarter Final to be played between the Crusaders and Sharks.

Here are the potential scenarios if the Gallagher Chiefs beat the Hurricanes this Friday:

If the Gallagher Chiefs beat the Hurricanes and the Sharks beat the Crusaders, the Gallagher Chiefs WILL host the Sharks in the semi final next weekend at FMG Stadium Waikato. (Time and date to be confirmed)

If the Gallagher Chiefs beat the Hurricanes and the Crusaders beat the Sharks, the Gallagher Chiefs will travel to Christchurch next weekend to play the Crusaders in the semi final. (Time and date to be confirmed)

On the other side of the Quarter Final draw, the Waratahs face off against southern rivals, the Highlanders in Sydney and the Lions host the Jaguares in Johannesburg. If the Highlanders can win in Sydney, they will either face the Lions in Johannesburg for the semi final or face the Jaguares at home in Dunedin. A Waratahs win will see them travel to Johannesburg for the semi final if the Lions win their respective Quarter Final, or host the Jaguares in Sydney. 

Keep an eye on our channels as we will update you first on the next stage of the playoffs as results unravel this weekend. 

 

The Gallagher Chiefs are ready to fire again this Friday when they take the field against the Hurricanes in the capital for the Investec Super Rugby Quarter Final.

The two teams faced off against each other in a tense and thrilling New Zealand derby last weekend, where the Gallagher Chiefs proved too strong, winning 28-24, thanks to a dominant first half which saw them run rampant against the Hurricanes defence, leading 21-0 at the break.

Head Coach Colin Cooper emphasised the importance of this game now the team have entered the playoffs and how the team will be giving their all.

“It’s do or die at this point in the season, the winner takes all and we’ve talked about the importance of giving the best you can and your all for the jersey.”

The team is boosted with returns to key players. In the forwards, Karl Tu’inukuafe and Nathan Harris are back in the front row, and notably Sam Cane will start at openside flanker.

In the backs, Damian McKenzie comes back in to First Five-Eighth, with Charlie Ngatai starting at 12 and Sean Wainui slotting back in to right wing.

Cooper is pleased with the consistency throughout the team selected for Friday’s clash

“We’ve put out a consistent team. Damian coming back brings a lot of X Factor into our game. We’re excited to see the combinations Damian, Charlie and Anton will bring as well as the leadership Sam Cane displays every time he takes the field.”

Cooper is aware of the threat the Hurricanes will bring at home and knows the team will have to be aware of their threats all over the park.

“The Hurricanes are going to bring a lot of intelligent skills to the contest. I expect them to use a lot of variety and they have a very good backline so there’ll be lots of threats around the park.”

The Quarter Final kicks off this Friday 20 July at 7:35pm in Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The winner of this Quarter Final will play the winner of the Crusaders v Sharks Quarter Final which will be played the following day on Saturday. If the Crusaders win their Quarter Final, the winner of Friday’s clash will travel to Christchurch for the semi-final, however if the Sharks win, Friday’s winner will host the Durban based team next weekend at home.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Hurricanes in the quarter final is:

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (15)

2. Nathan Harris (43)

3. Angus Ta’avao (16)

4. Brodie Retallick (97)

5. Michael Allardice (33)

6. Lachlan Boshier (29)

7. Sam Cane (105)

8. Liam Messam (178)

9. Brad Weber (56)

10. Damian McKenzie (64)

11. Shaun Stevenson (32)

12. Charlie Ngatai (54)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (54)

14. Sean Wainui (14)

15. Solomon Alaimalo (25)

16. Liam Polwart (19)

17. Sam Prattley (9)

18. Jeff Thwaites (11)

19. Jesse Parete (8)

20. Mitch Karpik (12)

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (16)

22. Marty McKenzie (18)

23. Alex Nankivell (9)

The Chiefs U18 side has been named to take on the National Maori U18 team at Rotorua International Stadium today. Kickoff is at 2:45pm - good luck boys!

  1. Nirai Ririnui (Rotorua BHS)
  2. Chay Jacobs (Taupo Nui)
  3. Tutarangi Anderson (New Plymouth BHS)
  4. AJ Lagilagi Slade (Manurewa HS)
  5. Daniel Johnson (St Paul's Collegiate)
  6. Te Rama Reuben (Rotorua BHS)
  7. Taituha Woller (Te Wharekura O Mauo)
  8. Liam Allen (St Paul's Collegiate)
  9. Kristian Standen (New Plymouth BHS)
  10. Larenz Tupaea (Wesley College)
  11. Jarmahl Hapi (New Plymouth BHS)
  12. Jacob Kneepkens (Francis Douglas)
  13. Josh Calvert (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)
  14. Tama Te Aute (Rotorua BHS)
  15. Tepaea Cook Savage (St Paul's Collegiate)
  16. Irirangi Taniere (Wesley College)
  17. Mairenga Laapo (Francis Douglas MC)
  18. Taane Beach (Wesley College)
  19. Leuatea Alo Tema (Rotorua BHS)
  20. Hemopo Cunningham (Rotorua BHS)
  21. Te Aparua Tata (Te Wharekura O Mauao)
  22. Gabrielle Wilson (Pukekohe HS)
  23. Tuki Simpkins (Rotorua BHS)
  24. Cassius Misa (Rotorua BHS)
  25. Jon Taumetiene (Wesley College)
  26. Kahi Borrell (Te Wharekura O Mauao)
  27. Nicolas Nasila (Wesley College)
  28. Manu Akauola (Rotorua BHS)

The Gallagher Chiefs have warmed up for the Investec Super Rugby playoffs with a well-deserved 28-24 win over the Hurricanes at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Needing to win by a margin of 23 points or more to leapfrog the Hurricanes on the points table, the Gallagher Chiefs jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime and hung on for the win, but three second half tries to the Hurricanes was enough to ensure they will host next weekend's playoff match between the two sides.

Despite missing their in-form playmaker Damian McKenzie, who sat out the match as part of his enforced All Blacks rest, the Gallagher Chiefs looked the stronger of the two sides early on, and their positive start was rewarded with the first points of the evening - lock Brodie Retallick marking his return to the side in style, forcing his way over to score from a ruck close to the line.

First five Marty McKenzie, playing in place of his brother Damian, added the conversion for an early 7-0 lead.

Following the Retallick try, the visitors slowly worked their way into the game and were beginning to look dangerous. But then out of nowhere Gallagher Chiefs halfback Brad Weber intercepted a Beauden Barrett pass and scampered away to score from 60 metres out.

McKenzie was again on target off the tee to make it 14-0 after 18 minutes.

The Hurricanes again responded well to conceding points but once again it was the Chiefs who pounced against the run of play. Second five Johnny Fa'auli placed a kicked behind the defensive line which was toed ahead by wing Shaun Stevenson who regathered and then produced a perfect chest pass inside for fullback Solomon Alaimalo to race clear and score a superb try.

As the match approached the half hour mark, McKenzie kicked his third conversion to open up a comfortable 21-0 lead, cutting the Hurricanes' all important points differential to just two.

For the remainder of the first half it was the Hurricanes who held onto possession but the Chiefs were able to keep them pinned inside their own half, with no further score added as the teams went into the break.

Jordie Barrett had a chance to get the Hurricanes on the board early in the second half but he pushed his long-range penalty attempt wide.

They didn't have to wait too much longer for their first points though as a kick return from halfway, led by wing Ben Lam, ended in a try to centre Wes Goosen. Jordie Barrett's conversion narrowed the gap to 14 and stretched the points differential back out to nine.

A scything run from centre Anton Lienert-Brown then thrust the Chiefs straight back onto attack, but some clutch goal line defence from the visitors denied the Chiefs forwards from getting across the line.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, the Hurricanes struck a crucial blow with lock Blade Thomson crossing for their second try which gave his side further breathing space and brought them right back into the match.

To make matters worse for the Chiefs they were then reduced to 14 men for the remainder of the match with second five Johnny Fa'auli shown a red card for a high no arms tackle in the 63rd minute.

This was followed just minutes later by a try to Hurricanes prop Ben May who burrowed over in a pile of bodies, narrowing the Chiefs' lead to just two points.

Shortly after the restart, Brad Weber made a great snipe down the left-hand sideline, coming up just metres short of the line, with loose forward Mitch Karpik on hand to force his way over for the try.

McKenzie nailed the conversion from out wide, leaving the Chiefs with 14 points to score in the final nine minutes to reel in the Hurricanes' points differential.

The Chiefs continued to throw caution to the wind in search of those points, which ended in the Hurricanes having the final say as replacement Julian Savea scooped up a loose pass to score right on fulltime.

Despite the late try, the Chiefs were still able to leave their home fans satisfied with a hard-fought four point victory in their final match of the season at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Gallagher Chiefs 28 (Brodie Retallick, Brad Weber, Solomon Alaimalo, Mitch Karpik tries; Marty McKenzie 4 cons) Hurricanes 24 (Wes Goosen, Blade Thomson, Ben May, Julian Savea tries; Jordie Barrett 2 cons) HT: 21-0.

The Gallagher Chiefs will now head to Wellington next weekend for their playoff match against the Hurricanes.

Our Chiefs U18 team has been named to take on the Crusaders U18 team at St Paul's Colleigate School tomorrow. It is going to be a massive game, so make sure you get on down and support our future talent! Kickoff is 2:45pm.

  1. Pou Sorenson (Rotorua Boys High School)
  2. Bernie Hati (Rotorua Boys High School)
  3. Connar Brunton (Hamilton Boys High School)
  4. Josh Lord (Hamilton Boys High School)
  5. Thomas Martin (Hamilton Boys High School)
  6. Simon Parker (St Peter’s School)
  7. Jake Russ (Hamilton Boys High School)
  8. Andrew Viane (St Peter’s School)
  9. Cortiz Lee Ratima (Hamilton Boys High School)
  10. Rivez Reihana (St Kent’s, Waikato)
  11. Peni Lasaqa (Bay of Plenty)
  12. Lukas Halls (Kings College, Taranaki)
  13. Gideon Wrampling (St Paul’s School)
  14. Valynce Te Whare Crosby (St Paul’s School)
  15. Selesitino Ravautaumada (Rotorua Boys High School)
  16. Corrigan Miller (New Plymouth Boys High School)
  17. Keelan Holten McMullen (Hamilton Boys High School)
  18. Zac Ririnui (Rotorua Boys High School)
  19. Alex McRobbie (St Kent’s, Counties)
  20. Shi Jie Yong (Tauranga Boys College)
  21. Thor Manase (Wesley College)
  22. Manu Paea (Rotorua Boys High School)
  23. Daniel Rona (New Plymouth Boys High School)
  24. Paula Mahe (St Peter’s School)
  25. Blair Murray (New Plymouth Boys High School) 

The Gallagher Chiefs are set to play their last round robin match of the Investec Super Rugby competition this Friday. Going by overall competition points, this is sure to go down to the wire and be full of excitement, with the Hurricanes and the Gallagher Chiefs in second and third place of the New Zealand conference respectively.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper says the team are ready to put on a show for the home crowd.

"We’re going out there to put on a great performance, it could be our last game at home. We want to make sure that wherever there is an opportunity, that we grab it. We look forward to playing our own game, and are also aware of what the Hurricanes bring.

They showed against the Blues how good they are off the set piece - and we’ve done some work around our set piece defence - but with ball in hand, our focus is on what we can do.”

In the forwards, Sam Prattley gets his first start after effective performances off the bench for most of the season. Brodie Retallick comes back into the number four jersey after six weeks on the injured list, Lachlan Boshier getting a start after returning last week. Rounding out the impactful loose trio are Mitch Karpik and Jesse Parete.

In the backline, Marty McKenzie comes into the number ten jersey, with Colin Cooper confident in his ability to drive the game.

"Marty will be the game driver at number ten, and we are confident that he can control the game really well.” 

Colin reiterated the importance of playing this game in Chiefs Country.

"Our home crowd means a lot to us, and we aim to give them a great performance.”

The game kicks off at 7.35pm at FMG Stadium Waikato this Friday the 13th, with the “Squad Up” theme encouraging all fans to dress up in their best uniforms. The best dressed fans will win some awesome prizes, and the fun zones will be buzzing with school holidays in full swing.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Hurricanes is:

1. Sam Prattley (8)

2. Liam Polwart (18)

3. Angus Ta’avao (15)

4. Brodie Retallick (96)

5. Tyler Ardron (10)

6. Lachlan Boshier (28)

7. Mitchell Karpik (11)

8. Jesse Parete (7)

9. Brad Weber (55)

10. Marty McKenzie (17)

11. Shaun Stevenson (31)

12. Charlie Ngatai (54)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (53)

14. Toni Pulu (32)

15. Solomon Alaimalo (24)

16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (8)

17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (14)

18. Jeff Thwaites (11)

19. Michael Allardice (32)

20. Liam Messam (177)

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (15)

22. Tiaan Falcon (2)

23. Johnny Faauli (17)

On Monday evening, the Chiefs whanau joined together to celebrate the 2018 season and recognize the immense contribution of those who are moving on as well as celebrate the outstanding performances of the season.

The annual awards were shared between seven players, reflecting the fantastic contributions across the whole team.

The 2018 award winners are:

University of Waikato Development Taua Player Award: Ayden Johnstone

Generation Homes Under 20’s Player Award: Laghlan McWhannell

Rookie of the year: Luke Jacobson

Fans Player of the Year: Damian McKenzie

Coaches Player of the Year: Brodie Retallick

Players Player of the Year: Solomon Alaimalo

Chiefs Mana Kotiate: Mitchell Karpik

Chiefs Personality Award: Angus Ta'avao

For only the third time in Chiefs history in a fitting tribute, Liam Messam was awarded the Chiefs Tohunga lifetime award to recognise his incredible career with the club both on and off the field across his 12 seasons with the team.

This Friday, the Gallagher Chiefs will play their last home game of the regular season against the Hurricanes  at FMG Stadium Waikato.  The game kicks off at 7:35. Tickets are available online here. 

Come on down for an open training TODAY at the Ruakura Research Centre training fields from 12-1pm and get a selfie with the players at the end. Just a note there will be no toilet or shade facilities at the field. See you soon!   

The Gallagher Chiefs have continued their march towards the Investec Super Rugby playoffs, hanging on for a valuable 24-19 win over a gutsy Brumbies side at FMG Stadium Waikato.

After jumping out to a 17-0 at halftime thanks to some lethal attacking movements producing two great team tries, the Gallagher Chiefs were made to work right up to the final whistle as a gallant comeback from the Brumbies came up just short.

Both sides made a strong start to the match with the opening ten minutes an even contest for field position played at a good pace. Eventually it was the Gallagher Chiefs who got on the scoreboard first with first five Damian McKenzie on target with his first kick of the night.

Some promising attacking movements followed for the Gallagher Chiefs, with McKenzie in particular looking dangerous whenever he touched the ball, but some simple errors prevented them from really threatening the Brumbies line.

After a long period of dominance in possession and territory, a patient build up finally led to the opening try of the evening. A half break from second five Charlie Ngatai got the Chiefs on the front foot, and then a quick pass from the ruck to a charging Nathan Harris saw the hooker burrow his way over the line. McKenzie added the extras to make it a 10-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Following the Harris try the Brumbies managed to get themselves into the game and asked some questions of the Chiefs defence but then, against the run of play, a Chiefs turnover led to a superb long-range counter attacking try. McKenzie initiated the move with pass behind his back that set halfback Brad Weber into space and, after the ball moved through several sets of hands, it was fittingly McKenzie who split the defence apart from 20 metres out to score a wonderful try.

There was a great response from the visitors as the launched downfield once more, following a clean break from first five Christian Lealiifano, but as they reached the try line the ball was knocked on by lock Rory Arnold.

The first half ended with the Brumbies again looking good, but a knock on just as they were gathering momentum summed up the first 40 minutes for the visitors.

Despite the 17-point deficit, the Brumbies produced a gutsy first 15 minutes of the second half, controlling possession well and testing the Chiefs defence. The pressure eventually told when, in the 55th minute, some quick hands down the right-hand sideline found wing Henry Speight who crossed in the corner.

From the restart, the Brumbies launched downfield and very nearly got their second try in as many minutes, but the play broke down just metres from the line.

Then, as the Brumbies continued to hammer away at the Gallagher Chiefs line, Damian McKenzie snatched a timely intercept. After an 80 metre sprint he was caught by Brumbies fullback Tom Banks, but a couple of phases later the Chiefs were in as a replacement Marty McKenzie and Johnny Fa'auli combined - with McKenzie's well weighted chip kick gathered by Fa'auli who scored under the posts.

All of a sudden, the Chiefs lead was back out to 17 points, and the Brumbies comeback effort was back to where it had started at halftime.

The Brumbies continued to show plenty of character and were rewarded with a well worked try in the 71st minute - replacement first five Wharenui Hawera taking on the line and making a break which was nicely finished off by fullback Tom Banks.

The visitors backed that up with their third try just two minutes later as Henry Speight received the ball from a lineout and found space to score his second of the night, narrowing the Chiefs lead to just five and setting up a dramatic final few minutes.

Damian McKenzie had a chance to take it beyond a converted try in the 78th minute but his penalty attempt drifted wide, giving the Brumbies one last chance to snatch a dramatic win. They got to within 20 metres of the Chiefs line but, with the Chiefs defence scrambling, the ball was lost, allowing the Chiefs to clear form the resulting scrum to seal the win.

Gallagher Chiefs 24 (Nathan Harris, Damian McKenzie, Johnny Fa'auli tries; Damian McKenzie 3 cons, pen) Brumbies 19 (Henry Speight 2, Tom Banks tries; Wharenui Hawera 2 cons) HT: 17-0.

The Gallagher Chiefs will now prepare for their final round robin game of 2018, back at home again on Friday night against the Hurricanes (July 13, 7.35pm).

The Gallagher Chiefs await a huge business end of the season clash against the Brumbies this Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato.

The game is highly significant, with the Gallagher Chiefs vying for a spot in the Investec Super Rugby playoffs. It is their first game back at home after the International June break and they will be looking to carry on the tremendous form that saw them run rampant in Suva against the Highlanders last weekend, winning 45-22.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper hopes his side can bring last weekend’s confidence into this game and looks forward to the fantastic support from our home fans.

“We are hoping to build the confidence and excitement from the Highlanders game and take that into the Brumbies game this weekend.

Both teams are great attacking teams, playing with a lot of confidence. It’ll be a great spectacle and our home fans can give us the edge we need.”

Their Canberra based opposition played valiantly last weekend to secure a 24-12 win against the Hurricanes. Cooper knows they’ll be a real threat and highlighted Wallabies loose forward David Pocock as one to watch.

“The Brumbies are coming here with confidence after beating the Hurricanes. They have an outstanding loose forward in Pocock who will be a real threat. They have a great lineout and are always a threat on attack.”

There’s only one change to the forward pack from the team that beat the Highlanders, with All Blacks hooker Nathan Harris returning to the fold after the birth of his first child.

“It’s good to have Nathan back. We are pleased he could spend time with his partner and his first child. He’s really excited and raring to go” says Cooper.

In the backline, Anton Lienert-Brown is rested as part of his All Black commitments with Sean Wainui moving to his natural position of centre. Exciting winger Shaun Stevenson gets the chance to impress with a start on the wing. Continuity is key with Brad Weber and Damian McKenzie again linking up in the nine and ten jerseys and Solomon Alaimalo continues at fullback, after a highly impressive showing last weekend.

At this time in the season, every point counts in the fight for the playoffs and Cooper knows the crowd can help spur the team on.

“We can’t wait for the crowd to come and support us and help us get over the line and into the quarter finals. It’ll be great to have their vocal support this weekend.”

The game kicks off at the earlier time of 5:15pm at FMG Stadium Waikato with a kids focused theme for the start of the school holidays. All kids tickets will receive a free JNR Chiefs 1-day pack, including a hot chip voucher, and there’ll be so much going on around the ground for the whole family to enjoy.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Brumbies is:

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (13)

2. Nathan Harris (42)

3. Angus Ta’avao (14)

4. Michael Allardice (31)

5. Tyler Ardron (9)

6. Luke Jacobson (11)

7. Sam Cane (c) (104)

8. Liam Messam (176)

9. Brad Weber (54)

10. Damian McKenzie (63)

11. Shaun Stevenson (30)

12. Charlie Ngatai (53)

13. Sean Wainui (12)

14. Toni Pulu (31)

15. Solomon Alaimalo (23)

RESERVES:

16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (7)

17.  Sam Prattley (7)

18. Jeff Thwaites (10)

19. Jesse Parete (6)

20. Lachlan Boshier (27)

21.Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (14)

22. Marty McKenzie (16)

23. Johnny Faauli (16)

A massive congratulations to all the high school players who have made the Chiefs U18 Development camp starting this Sunday and running until Friday 13 July at St Pauls College in Hamilton. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to introduce these young players into the Chiefs environment and the camp will cover the six pillars of rugby development. This camp forms part of the selection process for the NZ Secondary Schools teams selected later in the year. 

The Chiefs U18 Development Camp players are:

Prop

Corrigan Miller (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Leuatea Alo Tema (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Zac Ririnui (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Vincent Green (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Connor Brunton (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Pou Sorenson (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Nirai Ririnui (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Tutarangi Anderson (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Irirangi Taniere (Wesley College, Counties)

Hooker

Bernie Hati (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Keelan Holten McMullen (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Taane Beech (Wesley College, Counties)

Mairenga Laapo (Francis Douglas Memorial College, Taranaki)

Lock

Josh Lord (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Tom Martin (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Alex McRobbie (Counties)

Daniel Johnson (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato)

AJ Lagalaga Slade (Manurewa HS, Counties)

Hemopo Cunningham (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Loose Forward

Simon Parker (St Peter’s School, Waikato)

Te Aparua Tata (Te Wharekura o Mauao, Bay Of Plenty)

Jake Russ (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Gabrielle Wilson (Pukekohe HS, Counties)

Taituha Woller (Te Wharekura o Mauao, Bay Of Plenty)

Thor Manase (Wesley College, Counties)

Tuki Simpkins (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Simione Ofa (Wesley College, Counties)

Shie Jie Yong (Tauranga BC, Bay Of Plenty)

Te Rama Reuben (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Andrew Viane (St Peter’s School, Waikato)

Halfback

Cortez Lee Ratima (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Manu Paea (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Kristian Standen (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Tepaea Cook Savage (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato)

First Five

Rivez Reihana (Waikato)

Larenz Tupaea (Wesley College, Counties)

Midfield

Jacob Kneepkins (Francis Douglas Memorial College, Taranaki)

Daniel Rona (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Jon Taumateine (Wesley College, Counties)

Cassius Misa (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

William Guthrie (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Lucas Hall (Taranaki)

Paula Mahe (St Peter’s School, Waikato)

Gideon Wrampling (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato)

Wing

Manu Akauola (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Valynce Te Whare Crosby (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato)

Nicholas Nasila (Wesley College, Counties)

Kahi Borrell (Te Wharekura o Mauao, Bay Of Plenty)

Fullback

Selestino Ravutaumada (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Liam Wilson (Hamilton BHS, Waikato)

Tama Te Aute (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty)

Jermahl Hapi (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Blair Murray (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki)

Standby Players

Tauhuroa Ngataki (Wesley College, Counties), Zion Lui (St Peter’s School, Waikato), Shannon Wiki (Tokoroa HS, Waikato), Reece Gray (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki), Havila Molia (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato), Stuart Leech (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty), TeAhurei Eparara (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty), Lachie Deveraux (Tauranga BC, Bay Of Plenty), Vaiolini Ekuasi (St Peter’s School, Waikato), Liam Allen (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato), Malupo Ma’afu (Rotorua BHS, Bay Of Plenty), Thomas Murray Edwards (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki), Brigham Moeakiola (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato), Cam Roigard (St Peter’s School, Waikato), Louis Grindrod (Tauranga BC, Bay Of Plenty), Bailey Gordon (Western Heights HS, Bay Of Plenty), Adam Smith (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki), Josh Calvert (Hamilton BHS, Waikato), Teaabo Teaabo (Pukekohe HS, Counties), Lewini Mocevakaca (Hamilton BHS, Waikato), Mercedes Hodge (St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato)

Unavailable due to Injury or other commitments

Taharoa Mita (Tauranga BC, Bay Of Plenty)