The Gallagher Chiefs will play their final pre-season match on Wednesday, just a short way up the coast from the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens which took place over the weekend.

A twenty nine man team has been named, including a first run out of the year for some of the All Blacks players. Although in a perfect holiday destination, the players have been focused and working hard on building the right kind of momentum into the Investec Super Rugby season.

The match kicks off at 7pm on 14 February at the Sunshine Coast Stadium and tickets are still available at

See the team list below:
1. Atunaisa Moli
2. Liam Polwart
3. Nepo Laulala
4. Brodie Retallick
5. Dominic Bird
6. Mitchell Brown
7. Sam Cane (cc)
8. Taleni Seu
9. Brad Weber
10. Damian McKenzie
11. Solomon Alaimalo
12. Alex Nankivell
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
14. Tim Nanai-Williams
15. Shaun Stevenson

Reserves: Kane Hames, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Angus Ta’avao
Aidan Ross, Michael Allardice, Lachlan Boshier, Liam Messam, Mitchell Karpik, Luke Jacobson, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Marty McKenzie, Tiaan Falcon, Johnny Fa’auli, Charlie Ngatai (cc).

Chiefs Country is ready for an action-packed weekend of rugby entertainment with the Sevens kicking off at FMG Stadium Waikato tomorrow.

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The Gallagher Chiefs are going back to the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens next week - lugging along with them the title trophy they won last year - with a title defence on the line. A squad of 24 players has been announced, which will be led by experienced All Blacks Liam Messam and Tim Nanai-Williams as co-captains, for two full and exciting days of rugby tens action.

The players have all been working really hard throughout the preseason, and are no doubt excited to get some expansive rugby on the legs when the tournament kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on 9 and 10 February.

Head Coach Colin Cooper said, "We really look forward to arriving in Brisbane, and letting our players loose, with an opportunity to show the coaches what they can do leading into the Investec Super Rugby competition. The tens format exposes the work rate, athleticism, and defensive skill of the players.”

After the Gallagher Chiefs defend their title at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, some more players will arrive to prepare for another preseason fixture against the Brumbies on 14 February at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, kickoff at 7pm.

Tickets for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens and the Gallagher Chiefs preseason match against the Brumbies are available from

The Gallagher Chiefs Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Squad is:

Aidan Ross
Liam Polwart
Sosefo Kautai
Michael Allardice
Lachlan McWhannel
Mitchell Brown
Mitchell Karpik
Liam Mess-am
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
Marty Mckenzie
Solomon Alaimalo
Charlie Ngatai
Tim Nanai-Williams
Toni Pulu
Shaun Stevenson
Samisoni Taukei’aho
Angus Ta’avao
Atunaisa Moli
Taleni Seu
Lachlan Boshier
Jonathan Taumateine
Tiaan Falcon
Johnny Fa’auli
Alex Nankivell

Exciting back Solomon Alaimalo has re-signed with the Gallagher Chiefs for a further three years.

The 2017 Rookie Player of the Year had an impressive debut season in 2017, impressing the coaches with some eye-catching performances.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach was thrilled to have Solomon extend his time with the club.

“We’re really excited to have Solomon commit to the Gallagher Chiefs again. He is a special player with a massive future. I am especially excited to work with him for the next three years.”

Chief #284 has played nine games for the Gallagher Chiefs, scoring two tries. 

Tickets to our first hit out of pre-season against northern neighbours the Blues are on sale now.

The game will be played at Rugby Park, Te Kuiti with both teams fighting it out for the Farmlands Rural Legends Shield.

This is your first chance to see the new-look Gallagher Chiefs team in 2018, so get your tickets now here!


Gallagher Chiefs v Blues, Friday 2 February, 4pm, Rugby Park, Te Kuiti. 

We have today confirmed our venues for the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season, where we’ll play seven thrilling home games at FMG Stadium Waikato, as well as bringing an Investec Super Rugby clash to Rotorua International Stadium.

For the first time since 2013, FMG Stadium Waikato will host all four action-packed New Zealand derbies. We have back to back games against the Highlanders and Blues in rounds seven and eight, before taking on the defending champs the Crusaders in round 16 and the Hurricanes in the last round robin game of the season.

The team will host the Jaguares, Argentina’s only Super Rugby team, at Rotorua International Stadium on Friday 4 May. It will be the first time the two sides meet on Chiefs Country turf and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to play a match in front of their passionate Bay of Plenty supporters.

The club had planned to hold the Blues match at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. Unfortunately, following recent developments in regards to the structure of the East Stand at Yarrow Stadium and due to the time constraints to ensure their facilities meet code requirements, it was deemed necessary to relocate this game. The Blues match will now be at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 7 April. Yarrow Stadium and we will be working closely together to offer our great Taranaki supporters some exclusive offers and travel packages to enable them to experience a live home match in Hamilton. The team are looking forward to visiting our Taranaki supporters and whanau in 2018.

Other home games include a visit from the Pretoria based Bulls for the first home game of the season at FMG Stadium Waikato, as well as two exciting trans-Tasman clashes against the Waratahs and Brumbies in Round 15 and 18 respectively.

“It is an exciting line up of opposition teams with a good mix of playing styles that the Gallagher Chiefs will face at all home venues in 2018. We are really looking forward to playing in Rotorua and are excited to connect with all our supporters around Chiefs Country this coming season”, incoming Chief Executive Michael Collins said.

Michael said it is disappointing not to be playing in New Plymouth in 2018.

“The Chiefs have played 6 home games at Yarrow Stadium over the last four years and we look forward to working with Yarrow Stadium and Taranaki Rugby once they have more clarity regarding the immediate future of the East Stand”

The squad will kick off their season in Christchurch against the 2017 Title winners the BNZ Crusaders, before facing the Blues in Auckland. We will also have a preseason encounter with the Blues when we host them in Te Kuiti for the Farmlands Rural Legends Shield preseason match in Te Kuiti on Friday 2 February.

Chiefs memberships are now on sale. Secure your seats now to watch some of the best rugby players go head-to-head in the 2018 Investec Super Rugby competition. Purchasing a Chiefs membership is the ONLY way to secure HSBC New Zealand Sevens tickets, so make sure you lock your tickets in and get a feast of rugby in 2018. There are many fantastic benefits on offer and exciting experiences to be had as a member. Get yours today here. 

2018 Home Fixtures

Farmlands Rural Legends Shield Preseason Match: Gallagher Chiefs v Blues, Friday 2 February, 4pm, Rugby Park, Te Kuiti
Gallagher Chiefs v Bulls, Friday 16 March, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Highlanders, Friday 30 March, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Blues, Saturday 7 April, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Jaguares, Friday 4 May, 7:35pm, Rotorua International Stadium
Gallagher Chiefs v Waratahs, Saturday 26 May, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Crusaders, Saturday 2 June, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Brumbies, Saturday 7 July, 5:15pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Hurricanes, Friday 13 July, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato

With the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season only a few months away, Chiefs Major Sponsor, Aon has re-signed with the club for a further term.

Aon, a long-time Sponsor of the two-time Investec Super Rugby champions have recently renewed their support of the club, further cementing their position as a strong supporter of high performance sport in New Zealand.

Aon’s CEO Geoff Blampied said: “We are excited to continue our support as a long term partner of the Chiefs Rugby Club. Aon New Zealand has a strong record of backing sportspeople, teams and organisations across New Zealand and we look forward to connecting with you, the fans and supporters, over the upcoming Super Rugby season.”

Aon will continue to be on the front of the Gallagher Chiefs training jersey.

Chiefs Chairman Dallas Fisher reflects on the synergies between the Aon business and the jersey’s unique story.

“The jersey is symbolic of care, preparation and hard work that must be invested to achieve success. These are values we believe Aon share with the Chiefs Rugby Club and we are excited to be extending our partnership with a business who has such strong ties to all our Chiefs communities and rural areas”.

The 2018 Aon training jersey launches on the 1st December 2017 alongside the highly anticipated Gallagher Chiefs home and away jerseys. It is the first time all three jerseys will have their own unique design and their own story.

Farmlands Co-operative have teamed up with the Gallagher Chiefs to bring top flight rugby to Te Kuiti on 2nd February.

The Farmlands Rural Legends Shield will pit the two-time Investec Super Rugby champions, the Gallagher Chiefs, against three-time winners the Blues at Te Kuiti’s Rugby Park. The game, which kicks off at 4.00pm, is an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution rural New Zealand has played in shaping our national sport.

Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Colin Cooper says the team is looking forward to visiting the proud rugby town, in what will be their first pre-season match prior to the Investec Super Rugby season.

“It’s a great opportunity to integrate the new coaching group together, as well as bring some of the new Chiefs into the playing squad and help them get match ready,” he says. “It is great to be working with Farmlands to connect with our rural communities and we are excited to meet our supporters in Te Kuiti.”

Farmlands Chief Executive Peter Reidie says the game will be played on the same park that produced King Country grassroots heroes like the Meads brothers and Paul Mitchell.

“We’ve worked with the Gallagher Chiefs to bring this game to Te Kuiti, as it is the home of one of New Zealand’s greatest ever rugby legends,” he says. “Farmlands was created by and continues to service rural communities just like Te Kuiti. It’s an honour to bring the Rural Legends Shield to town and I hope the local community enjoys seeing this new generation of heroes up close.”

Tickets will be available exclusively to Farmlands shareholders initially, first through an in-store promotion at selected locations. Exclusive pre-sale tickets will be available to Farmlands shareholders from 1st December, before any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public in January.

 We are in the process of confirming our competition game venues and we will be announcing this shortly.

The CEO of Taranaki Rugby, Michael Collins has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Chiefs Rugby Club, Chairman, Dallas Fisher announced today.

Michael Collins will take up the role on 18 December 2017 following the departure of CEO, Andrew Flexman.

Collins, 43, has been at the helm of Taranaki Rugby since 2013 and leaves after a stellar 2017 season for Taranaki, who won the Ranfurly Shield and were top qualifiers in the Mitre 10 Cup premiership. He joined Taranaki Rugby in 2008 as the union’s rugby development manager and was also the national provincial championship team’s scrum coach for several seasons.

At a national level, Collins has been involved in the progression of the sport with the NZRFU Respect and Responsibility Review and the Collective Employment Agreement Sub Committees.

Collins, an experienced business leader, rugby coach and player, began his professional rugby career at the Chiefs in 1997 and captained the side in 1999. During his time as CEO, Taranaki Rugby invested in the Chiefs franchise, and through that agreement has hosted regular Super Rugby matches at Yarrow Stadium.

Chiefs Chairman, Dallas Fisher said that after an extensive executive recruitment process the board was delighted to welcome Collins as the Chiefs new CEO.

“He’s a proven and respected CEO and leader who brings both strong business acumen and a high performance sports background to this role. Michael has built an excellent reputation as a leader in professional sport in New Zealand and we’ve had the opportunity to observe his tenure at Taranaki since 2013 with the close ties between the Chiefs and Taranaki Rugby.

“We look forward to welcoming Michael back to the Chiefs and working with him to lead the organisation and execute the Club’s business strategy.”

Collins said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the Chiefs.

“I’ve had a close association with the Chiefs, first as a player, then through Taranaki’s connection as a franchise partner, so I have an affinity with Chiefs rugby and am eager to help the organisation to further success,” he said.

“I am proud of the success Taranaki Rugby has achieved in recent years and will use the experience I have gained to make a positive difference in this challenging role of leading a well-performed Super Rugby franchise.”

Collins said he was excited about the opportunities ahead for the Chiefs Rugby Club.

“The Chiefs have a dedicated and experienced new coach in Colin Cooper, exciting young recruits, and a talented core group of players who have played a lot of Super Rugby. So there is plenty of potential for success and growth in the coming years both on the field and off it.”

Dallas Fisher also announced two new independent director appointments to the Chiefs Rugby Club Board. Following a thorough process through the Independent Selection Panel after the resignation of director Bill Osborne and retirement of director Jon Mayson earlier this year, Tonia Cawood and Simon Graafhuis have been appointed to the Board.

Tonia Cawood is an experienced independent chartered director involved in a wide variety of organisations in the sporting, manufacturing and aged care sectors including Rowing New Zealand. She is also the director of her own business advisory company Pro-ject Management.

Simon is the Chief Financial Officer at Gallagher Group Limited. He has been the CFO for the Gallagher Group since 2008 with responsibility for the global finance function. Simon is also a Ministerial appointee on the Waikato University Council and Chair of the University’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Dallas Fisher said the Board is delighted to have directors of this calibre joining the Chiefs and is looking forward to their contribution.

2018 Squad Announcement

  • Seven 2017 All Blacks in the squad
  • Nine 2017 Maori All Blacks
  • 31 returning players from 2017 season 
  • Six new Chiefs players and one returning player
  • 24 players from Chiefs region provincial unions (Counties Manukau, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki). 

The Gallagher Chiefs have named an exciting and experienced squad as they enter a new era in 2018.

31 players return from the 2017 season, including Jonathan Taumateine, Alex Nankivell, Aidan Ross, Fin Hoeata and Samisoni Taukei’aho who all impressed as squad replacement players in 2017.

The squad is boosted by seven current All Blacks, featuring stars Brodie Retallick, Damian McKenzie, Sam Cane, Nepo Laulala, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Anton Lienert-Brown who have all performed key roles throughout the season.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper is thrilled with the makeup of his new squad and the balance between experience and new players.

“We are very excited about the squad we’ve assembled to the take the Gallagher Chiefs forward into the 2018 season. There’s a high level of experienced players returning in 2018, which combined with the addition of new ambitious and enthusiastic young players completes a great group of men which we’re really looking forward to guiding, developing and working with. For five of these men, it’s a special day for them and their whanau being named in a Super Rugby team for the first time. We congratulate Luke, Tiaan, Tyler, Regan and Levi and their families on this wonderful achievement.

I am also really happy with the coaching team we’ve assembled, with the addition of Tabai Matson completing a group who collectively brings a great deal of experience in Super Rugby, with plenty of technical and tactical knowledge. I am excited about leading this group of players, coaches and management team into the 2018 season.”

Sam Cane is also excited about a fresh look in 2018.

“I’m really excited about some of the changes we have in place. We have a new coaching/management team and new players coming in. I think it’s going to be a squad that’s new, fresh and exciting and I hope we can gel quickly and play some great Chiefs footy. We’re looking forward to it for sure.”

In addition to the high number of returning players for the Gallagher Chiefs, the 2018 squad has six new players vying to make their Investec Super Rugby debuts for the team. These players are Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Luke Jacobson, Tiaan Falcon, Tyler Ardron, Regan Verney and Levi Aumua and add to the experience and depth across the squad.

A familiar face also returns with Chief #250 Marty McKenzie back after a stint down south with the Crusaders.

Waikato’s Luke Jacobson has progressed through the Chiefs Development programme and his squad berth caps off an impressive 2017 for the 20-year old, after captaining the New Zealand u20 side to the World Rugby Championship earlier this year as well as winning the Under 20’s Player of the Year accolade at the 2017 Chiefs Awards.

Luke was thrilled to be named in the team and is keen to get going for the upcoming season.

“It’s really exciting to be a Chief for 2018. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as a little fella to play for my own region’s Super Rugby team, I’m really excited to be a part of it all. I can’t wait to be part of the environment and work on myself and get better, and hopefully get out on the field and get my first cap for the Chiefs.”

First Five-Eighth Tiaan Falcon was also part of New Zealand u20s winning campaign this season, and has gained experience playing in the Mitre 10 Cup with Hawkes Bay.

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi returns to Chiefs Country after past experience playing for Rotorua Boys High School and the Chiefs Schools U18 teams. Tahuriorangi made the Maori All Blacks squad for the British & Irish Lions match and the current tour to Canada and France.

Regan Verney and Levi Aumua caught the coaches’ eye after impressive performances for Wellington and Tasman respectively in the Mitre 10 Cup. Verney hails from Taranaki and played for New Plymouth Boys High School, before going on to make his Mitre 10 Cup debut this year against Manawatu. Aumua is a powerful back who offers versatility, with the ability to play in the midfield and outside back roles. Aumua capped off an impressive Mitre 10 Cup campaign with a try in the Premiership final against Canterbury.

Canadian forward Tyler Ardron adds more international experience to the squad, having captained Canada at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, as well as playing for Ospreys in Wales. Ardron has integrated nicely to rugby in New Zealand, being part of the Bay of Plenty side who reached the Championship final of the Mitre 10 Cup. Ardron will again link up with forwards coach Neil Barnes whom he worked with during the World Cup with Canada.

24 of the 38-man squad are from the Chiefs region provincial unions of Counties Manukau, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.  

We will kick off their 2018 campaign with a heated NZ derby away to fierce rivals the Crusaders. Our first game at home will be against the Bulls on Friday 16 March.



Aidan Ross

Atunaisa Moli

Kane Hames

Mitchell Graham

Nepo Laulala

Sosefo Kautai


Liam Polwart

Nathan Harris

Samisoni Taukei’aho


Brodie Retallick

Dominic Bird

Fin Hoeata

Michael Allardice


Lachlan Boshier

Liam Messam

Luke Jacobson

Mitchell Brown

Mitchell Karpik

Sam Cane

Taleni Seu

Tyler Ardron


Brad Weber

Jonathan Taumateine

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi


Damian McKenzie

Marty McKenzie

Tiaan Falcon


Alex Nankivell

Anton Lienert-Brown

Charlie Ngatai

Johnny Faauli

Regan Verney


Tim Nanai-Williams


Levi Aumua

Sam McNicol

Shaun Stevenson

Solomon Alaimalo

Toni Pulu

On the eve of the Gallagher Chiefs squad announcement, head coach Colin Cooper has named a highly experienced coaching team to prepare his men for their 2018 Investec Super Rugby title hunt.  Cooper will be joined by returning coaches Neil Barnes, Andrew Strawbridge and Carl Hoeft, with the exciting addition of Tabai Matson completing a quintet that features a combined 70 years of professional coaching experience.
“I’m really pleased with the coaching team we’ve assembled to lead the Chiefs in 2018 and beyond. Neil and Andrew have been a core part of the Chiefs success over the past few years so it’s great to have that continuity and their expertise for the Club. Carl finished playing professionally in 2011, so he’s really at the beginning of what will undoubtedly be an impressive coaching career. As a player he was a renowned scrummager, so it’s great to keep him in the coaching ranks with the Chiefs to continue sharing that experience and inspiring our forwards. Tabai is a great coaching acquisition for the Chiefs. His experience coaching at provincial, Super and International levels of the game will add something special to our coaching group. It’s great to connect with Carl and Tabs again having worked with them both with the Maori All Blacks, and I’m really looking forward to working with Neil and Andrew.”
Tabai Matson, 44, has an astute rugby mind and an impressive rugby resume. The midfielder made 58 appearances for Canterbury and played 25 games for the Crusaders in the 1990s, before continuing his playing career abroad. Born in Fiji, Matson played two Tests for Fiji at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, a team he also assisted as an attack coach in the 2015 RWC. He also played five matches for the All Blacks before turning his hand to coaching.
Matson joined Canterbury as their assistant coach in 2009, a role he held for three seasons before being promoted to head coach in 2012. He led Canterbury to their fifth successive national provincial championship title in his maiden year at the helm. In 2013 he joined the Crusaders coaching team and was also appointed assistant coach of the Maori All Blacks that same year, working alongside Colin Cooper for his three years with the national team.
In September Matson announced he was stepping down from his role as head coach of English club Bath in order to return to New Zealand for family reasons. His return home presented an opportunity for the Chiefs who quickly moved to secure the expertise of Matson, with his addition completing Coopers coaching team for 2018 and 2019.
Tabai Matson said: “Unfortunately it was illness in my family that drew me back to New Zealand a lot sooner than I had planned.  Although it was disappointing to leave Bath, the unexpected opportunity to be involved with the Chiefs was too good to pass up. I’ve really enjoyed working with Colin historically and we share a lot of similar values which will align closely with the culture of the Chiefs. I’d like to acknowledge Bath for their support during a challenging personal time for my family and I. It’s great to be involved in Super Rugby again and I’m really looking forward to the journey ahead with the Chiefs.”
Experienced assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge has re-signed for a further two seasons and will also continue his valued involvement in the Chiefs wider high performance programmes.   
“The last six years with the Chiefs Rugby Club have been an exciting time and has been relatively successful in terms of results. With changes in playing roster and team management for 2018, the club has a new exciting look. It was an easy decision to commit to a new contract and climb on board to help maintain the momentum we have developed. Working with Colin, Tabai, Neil and Carl provides me with an opportunity to work with very experienced coaches and I look forward to learning from them.”
Current assistant coach Neil Barnes has extended his contract for two years and is looking forward to building on the work they’ve put in during his time with the Club.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time at the Chiefs. It’s been challenging but very rewarding, so it was a bit of a no brainer to sign up again when the opportunity was offered. For me, we have unfinished business, having dropped out at the semis two years in a row. We have a large proportion of last year’s squad back and some exciting young men to come in, so it about getting back on the horse, working hard, and finishing the job this coming season.”
As well as the two seasons experience as assistant coach of the Gallagher Chiefs, Barnes also spent seven years as forwards coach of the Canadian Maple Leafs, won seven club rugby titles with New Plymouth Old Boys and was the assistant coach for the Taranaki provincial side.
Carl Hoeft will continue his role at the Chiefs for the fifth successive season. The former All Black and current assistant coach of the Maori All Blacks worked alongside Cooper with the national side from 2013 – 2017. Hoeft began his coaching career with Waikato Rugby after retiring in 2011 from an impressive playing career, where he achieved 30 caps for the All Blacks and represented Otago and the Highlanders domestically.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue at the Chiefs. Working with good people throughout the organisation is what’s drawn me to continuing working there. It will also be great working with coaches who I respect and trust. Reconnecting with Coops and Tabai who I worked with in the Maori All Blacks in the past will make for a smooth transition. It's an exciting time and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The Gallagher Chiefs squad will be confirmed on November 1, with the squad commencing pre-season training at the end of November.

The ever-dependable Sam Cane has re committed to the Gallagher Chiefs, signing on for a further four years.

The hardworking forward has put pen to paper this week, extending his contract until the end of the 2021 season.

Entering his seventh season with the Chiefs, Cane is a key part of the team’s leadership, co-captaining the side for the past two seasons and leading them to consecutive semi-final finishes. 

Sam said he was really looking forward to extending his stay in New Zealand and leading the club into a new era.

“Even though I’ve been in the All Blacks for five years now, there is still heaps more I want to achieve in the black jersey. I’m in a leadership role with the All Blacks and the Chiefs and that’s something I enjoy, and I want to contribute any way I can in helping lead and drive both those teams to succeed.”

Incoming Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Colin Cooper said: "Personally, I'm really excited to be working alongside Sam. It's great he's committed to the Chiefs for so long, a team he's already contributed a lot to. As a player he's physical, he's tough, he's a leader and people want to follow him and work with him."

Hailing from small Bay of Plenty town Reporoa, Cane is renowned for his huge workload on the pitch, and his dominance at the breakdown and in open play. He has displayed ruthless consistency throughout his career, establishing himself as a true fan favourite within Chiefs Country.

The loose forward started his Chiefs career in 2009, joining the Chiefs u19 camp, before representing the first Chiefs u19 team later that year. He then made his first-team debut in 2011 at just 18 years old against the Lions in Johannesburg and has gone on to play 95 games for the club, scoring 60 points from 12 tries. He took on the leadership role of co-captain for the 2015 season alongside Aaron Cruden.

At just 25 years of age, Sam has enjoyed an exceptional all round career to date. The former NZ age group Player of the Year has won back to back Investec Super Rugby titles, an u20 Junior World Championship gold medal, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He is a mainstay in the All Blacks squad, and has valuable experience captaining the team against Namibia and Italy.

Cane was promoted to the All Blacks leadership group in 2013, which was rare for players not regularly in the starting 15.


Sam Cane enters his seventh season with the Gallagher Chiefs and is a key part of the team’s leadership. The talented loose forward has won two Investec Super Rugby titles, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a U20 Junior World Championship gold medal and is a former New Zealand Rugby Age Group Player of the Year.

The loose-forward has played rep rugby at every level through to the Bay of Plenty Steamers as well as NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Under-20s, Chiefs and the All Blacks.

Sam has co-captained the Gallagher Chiefs with Aaron Cruden for the past two seasons and is a fundamental part of the All Blacks leadership group. He hails from Reporoa in the Bay of Plenty.