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Chiefs Announce 2014 Squad

29 October 2013 Back to Latest News

Chiefs coaches Dave Rennie, Tom Coventry, Wayne Smith and Andrew Strawbridge have announced their squad for the 2014 Investec Super Rugby competition.

The back-to-back Investec Super Rugby champions have named thirteen new recruits for 2014 which includes seven players who will be involved in Super Rugby for the first time, having earned selection from the ITM Cup.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie believes his squad will be an effective blend of experienced proven performers and new talent.  The squad contains five current All Blacks, five Maori All Blacks and 26 players who have previously been involved in winning a Super Rugby title.

“We are really happy. We have a solid core of players who have been a big part of our success over the past two years and added both youth and experience to the mix.

“It’s a very tough competition, so we're rapt we've been able to assemble a group of men high on character and work ethic,“ said Rennie.

The majority of the squad will assemble on Thursday 28 November and will be joined by the Maori All Blacks in mid December and the All Blacks in late January 2014.

In a new initiative the Chiefs are progressing with the possibility of playing Toulon in France as part of their pre-season campaign but there are still a few boxes to tick.  The Chiefs are expected to finalize their pre-season matches in the coming weeks. 

The Chiefs will kick off their Investec Super rugby season against the Crusaders on Friday 21 February in Christchurch and will play their first home game against the Highlanders in Hamilton on Saturday 1 March.

Season memberships are available now from $95 at www.getinnow.co.nz and are expected to be popular Christmas presents for Chiefs fans. 

Chiefs 2014 Investec Super Rugby Squad:

Ben Afeaki                            Prop                             North Harbour
Bundee Aki                           Midfield back                Counties Manukau
Gareth Anscombe                  First five-eighth             Auckland
Sam Cane                             Loose forward               Bay of Plenty
Nick Crosswell                       Loose forward               Manawatu
Aaron Cruden                         First five-eighth             Manawatu
Hikawera Elliot                       Hooker                         Counties Manukau
Ross Filipo                            Lock                             Wellington
Mike Fitzgerald                      Lock                             Manawatu
Robbie Fruean*                      Midfield back                Canterbury
Josh Hohneck                        Prop                             Bay of Plenty
Andrew Horrell                        Utility back                   Hawke’s Bay
Tawera Kerr-Barlow                 Halfback                       Waikato
Tanerau Latimer                      Loose forward               Bay of Plenty
James Lowe*/**                      Outside back                Tasman
Jamie Mackintosh*                 Prop                             Southland
Pauliasi Manu                        Prop                             Auckland
Rhys Marshall                        Hooker                         Taranaki
Tom Marshall*                        Outside back                Tasman
Liam Messam                        Loose forward               Waikato
Mils Muliaina*                        Midfield back                TBC
Tim Nanai-Williams                Outside back                Counties Manukau
Charlie Ngatai                        Midfield back                Wellington
Augustine Pulu                      Halfback                       Counties Manukau
Brodie Retallick                     Lock                             Bay of Plenty
Robbie Robinson                    Fullback                       Southland
Mahonri Schwalger                 Hooker                         Counties Manukau
Liam Squire*/**                       Loose forward               Tasman
Matthew Symons*/**              Lock                             Canterbury
Ben Tameifuna                       Prop                             Waikato
Kane Thompson*                    Loose forward               TBC
Asaeli Tikoirotuma                  Winger                         Manawatu

Wider Training Squad          
Carl Axtens*/**                        Loose forward               Bay of Plenty
Nick Barrett*                           Prop                            Southland
Anton Lienert-Brown*/**           Midfield back                Waikato
Tevita Kolomatangi*/**             Loose forward               Tasman
Brad Weber*/**                       Halfback                      Waikato                      

 

*Denotes New Chiefs signing for 2014

**Denotes New to Investec Super Rugby 

Chiefs Home Fixtures 2014:
Pre-season
Friday 14 February        Chiefs v Blues                         TBC                              TBC

Investec Super Rugby
Saturday 1 March        Chiefs v Highlanders               Waikato Stadium         7.35pm
Friday 14 March          Chiefs v Stormers                    Waikato Stadium         7.35pm
Saturday 12 April         Chiefs v Rebels                       Waikato Stadium         7.35pm
Saturday 19 April         Chiefs v Crusaders                  Waikato Stadium         7.35pm
Saturday 3 May           Chiefs v Lions                          Waikato Stadium         7.35pm
Friday 9 May               Chiefs v Blues                         TBC                              7.35pm
Saturday 31 May         Chiefs v Waratahs                  TBC                              7.35pm
Friday 4 July                Chiefs v Hurricanes                 Waikato Stadium         7.35pm

COMMENTS

(daryl ) 14 November 2013

Just renewed my membership for 2014 can' t wait. Our coaching team are the best,our players are good hard working footballers. The new jersey is the mean as . I'm a Waikato supporter and would like to see more Waikato players in the squad but you have to be up to it don't you.

(Chiefs-2014) 02 November 2013

The Chiefs have had a low number of Waikato payers in 2012 and 2013 - the fact that the team is from many provinces is one of the many impressive facets of the Chiefs.

@Christian - those games aren't on the same day - they're a month apart !!

(Kenneth (DEAF) from Aukilani) 31 October 2013

this is another best squad for next year 2014....
looking forward to watch the Chiefs of all the game...
good forward pack and back....
5 players from Counties Manukau... Go hard.....

Kia Kaha!!!!

(Bruce Samuel) 30 October 2013

Wow - fantastic signings - Welcome to All New Faces.It matters not where you are from - its all about the purpose for which you have assembled - the purpose we all congregate every weekend - wherever we might be - CHIEFS MANA

(cheifs.allday) 30 October 2013

yeah so what if theres only 3 from waikato they not the only team in the cheifs region theres also B.O.P and Counties Manukau which makes up 15 members including the wider training

(bop) 30 October 2013

only 3 from waikato.. my goodness

(Matt Gunson) 30 October 2013

Good looking squad but not too many from Waikato.

(Christian Brown) 30 October 2013

How can the pre season be on the same day as the stormers game ?
and cheeaaaa !! go Fruean !!

(phillip from hamilton) 30 October 2013

Well chiefs another season almost ahead great work last year boy. dave
you do what you do and we will be fine. who is captain? and wheres sonny!

(RedYellowBlack) 30 October 2013

Can't wait to see the boys do it again.
Last year the call was "Back 2 Back"
This year...3peat.

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