The Gallagher Chiefs have been handed the honour of playing in the first ever Brisbane Global Rugby Tens match at Suncorp Stadium on February 11.

Dave Rennie’s side will launch the tournament on the stroke of midday on Saturday February 11 with a Pool A clash against the Melbourne Rebels.

“There’ll certainly be no waiting around wondering what it is going to be like,” says Gallagher Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie. “We’ll get the chance to crack straight into it which is awesome.”

All eyes will be on the Gallagher Chiefs and Rebels as 13 of the game’s best club teams plus the Samoan national team come together for the world’s premier club rugby tournament at Suncorp Stadium.

“We’re rapt to be first out of the blocks,” Gallagher Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said. “The Tens is a new and exciting concept for our squad so we’ll have to learn and adapt quickly.  With so many world class players on show and all that space, it will be a great spectacle.”

Featuring a similar structure to the 15-a-side game but with more space on field for players to showcase their skills, Tens rugby is the perfect format for what will be a hugely entertaining launch of the Super Rugby season in Brisbane for at least the next four years.

Prior to the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, the Chiefs will play the Bulls in a pre-season match in Ballymore Brisbane on Thursday, 9 February. 

All fans who purchase a 2017 Chiefs membership before 23 December are in the draw to win an amazing Brisbane Global Rugby Tens prize package valued at $4500, as well as tickets to the pre season game against the Bulls. To find out more click here. 

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Gallagher Chiefs players Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Anton Lienert-Brown and Aaron Cruden have all been named in the All Blacks matchday 23 to take on Ireland at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday 19 November (Kick-off: 5.30PM GMT, 6.30AM Sunday 20 November NZT) 

The Gallagher Chiefs have been drawn in Pool A for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens and will match up against the NSW Waratahs, Melbourne Rebels and the Panasonic Wild Knights.

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Aaron Cruden
Full Name: Aaron Cruden
Team: Chiefs
Position:First five-eighth
Super Rugby Games:98
Super Rugby Points:750 (16t, 110c, 150p)
Super Rugby Debut:2010 v Blues (Hurricanes)
Provincial Games:32
Provincial Points:277 (8t, 48c, 46p, 1d)
Provincial Debut:2008 v Hawke’s Bay
Test Caps:43
Test Points:308 (5t, 56c, 56p, 1d)
Test Debut:2010 v Ireland
Facebook ID:973160712702352
Twitter Username:aaron_cruden
Twitter Hashtag:AaronCruden
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Aaron showed real maturity and leadership on and off the field in 2016, and was instrumental in his role as co-captain. His consistent performances earned him the accolade of Coach's Player of the Year. - The Chiefs
Aaron Cruden enters 2017 off the back of an impressive campaign in 2016 coming back from a season ending injury in 2015. Aaron's consistent performances earn him Coach's Player of the Year at the 2016 Chiefs Awards. 

Calm under pressure, the first five-eighth has already earned two Super Rugby titles and was part of the 2011 All Blacks Rugby World Cup victory. He has won the chiefs Player of the Year three times and the 2011 ITM Cup Player of the Year.   He captained the 2009 New Zealand U20 side to a World title and was won the 209 Junior IRB Player of the Year.

Full birth date and place of birth
8.01.1989 in Palmerston North

What representative teams have you been a part of (including high-school 1st fifteen)?
PNBHS 1st XV, NZ U20s, Manawatu Turbos, Hurricanes, Gallagher Chiefs, All Blacks

What primary school(s) did you go to?
Central Normal Primary

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

Favourite subject at school?
PE and Journalism

How many siblings do you have?
Two brothers

Any trades or university qualifications?

Who was your favourite player growing up?
Jeff Wilson, Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen

Who is your favourite non-rugby sportsperson or sports team?
Rhonda Rousey

Favourite band or musician?
Fleetwood Mac or Michael Jackson

What do you eat for breakfast on game day?
Muesli with fresh fruit and yogurt

Fantasy dinner party: Who would be your top three dinner guests (dead or alive)?
Prince Harry

What do you do for fun away from rugby?
Spend time with friends and family at the beach

Best holiday destination?
Bora Bora

What would you eat for your last ever meal?
An interesting fact about you?
I broke my arm when I was young trying to jump from a fence onto our pet lamb.

What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
Always be kind, always be gracious.

What does representing the Gallagher Chiefs mean to you?
An exciting opportunity to test ourselves and develop/grow as players/people #CHIEFSMANA

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