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World Rugby 2014 player of the year Brodie Retallick has locked in for another four years with the Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby taking him through till 2019.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has high praise for the re-signing of the 2.04m lock and is thrilled to have one of the Chiefs key players back on board.

“We are rapt that Brodie has committed to the Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby for the next four years. He's a top man whose contribution has been world class for us both on and off the field. He sets high standards, is a leader and highly competitive in nature.

“While his set piece and skill set are impressive, it's his work ethic that is phenomenal. He has been the glue for us, a man whose grunt work allows others to shine. It’s this attitude that saw him crowned the 2014 World Rugby player of the year.”

Retallick believes he still has a lot to learn in the game and the ambition to play in back-to-back Rugby World Cups was a big motivator for the 23 year-old to remain in New Zealand.

“I am only young and still have plenty to learn about the game,” said Retallick.

“There is a lot I want to achieve and I firmly believe that New Zealand is the best place for me to grow my game and accomplish my goals.

“I have access to the best coaches in the world, play in teams with great lads and great environments and am really enjoying my footy.”

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman is equally delighted that the impressive forward has shown such long term commitment to the Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby.

“Brodie is a huge part of the Chiefs and having a player of Brodie’s caliber locked in for another four years gives our forward pack real solidity and continuity.  He represents everything that is highly valued by the Chiefs.

“Brodie is a hard working, top bloke who is passionate about rugby and the region so this is great news for our fans, sponsors and stakeholders alike,” said Flexman.  

Retallick has played 56 matches for the Chiefs and 36 test matches for the All Blacks.

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