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:
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