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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.

BIO:

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.

Gallagher Chiefs fans can look forward to eight Investec Super Rugby home matches in 2018, including four gripping New Zealand derbies.

The team will kick off the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season away to defending champions the Crusaders before visiting northern neighbours, the Blues.

After these two tough New Zealand battles, the Gallagher Chiefs will host Pretoria-based Bulls in their first of eight home matches.

A first-ever trip to Japan to face the Sunwolves beckons in week five, followed by two huge home NZ derbies with the Highlanders and Blues visiting Chiefs Country in week seven and eight respectively.

The other home NZ-derbies include a bruising showdown between the Crusaders on 2 June, as well as matching up against the Hurricanes in the last round robin game of the season (13 July).

Inter-conference home games will see the Jaguares visit Chiefs Country for the very first time (4 May), as well as two trans-Tasman clashes between the Waratahs (26 May) and Brumbies (7 July). 

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The Gallagher Chiefs will kick off 2018 with the defence of their title at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, with the showcase pre-season tournament to be held on Friday 9 and Saturday February 10 at Suncorp Stadium.

Following a hugely popular debut in 2017, the event switches to a day-night format, with matches to begin in the afternoon and run into the evenings.

The Liam Messam-captained Chiefs surged to the title at the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, defeating the Crusaders in the final after battling past the Queensland Reds in the quarterfinals and South Africa’s Bulls in the semi-finals.

“This year’s tournament was incredible and I can’t wait to get back there again to defend our title in February,” Messam said.

“It was a great fun but also bloody tough, which is exactly what we need at that time of the year. We actually lost our first game to the Rebels so to come back and win it from there was awesome.”

The Gallagher Chiefs were the best-supported club at the 2017 tournament and chief executive Andrew Flexman expected that to continue in 2018.

“Chiefs fans once again showed just how passionate and loyal they are by backing the boys in huge numbers in Brisbane,” Flexman said. “It was a brilliant weekend of rugby – with the perfect result – and 2018 is set to be even bigger and better. I’d encourage our fans to get to Brisbane to experience what is a truly superb weekend of top class rugby.”

The 2018 tournament is set to feature new talent, with French powerhouse club Pau – the current home of former All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor – set to make their debut alongside fellow newcomers Fiji.

“Pau have already confirmed that Conrad Smith will be in their line-up and they’ll be bringing a side stacked full of international talent,” tournament chief executive Rachael Carroll said.

“And we’re also delighted to have Fiji taking part. There was a very strong Fijian presence across the 14 teams last year so it’s fitting that Fiji will now join Samoa, Pau and Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights at the tournament.

“We’ve got an incredible amount of top class rugby talent lining up to take part - and with the move to a day-night format - Brisbane will be in full party mode. The 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will be an unmissable event.”

 

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Chiefs Rugby Club CEO Andrew Flexman has announced his decision to step down from the role after four years with the club.

Flexman was appointed to the role in 2013 and has led the Club through the transition to private ownership and increased profitability. On the field, the Chiefs have made the playoffs every year since he took up the role.

Chiefs Chairman, Dallas Fisher thanked Flexman for his contribution to the club’s success on and off the field.

“A role like this is 7-days a week during the season. The Board and shareholders thank Andrew for his commitment to the Club and wishes to acknowledge the role he has played in the many achievements of the Club. I have no doubt he will make a success of his next career move. We also thank his family for their support to him in the role over the past four years.”

Flexman said he is proud of what the Club has achieved and says it is well positioned for the future.

“I have loved my time with the Chiefs, but it now feels like the right time to hand over the reins. I would like to thank the Board, staff, players, sponsors and stakeholders for making my time at the Club rewarding and enjoyable.”

Flexman said he’ll finish at the club on Friday, 8 September 2017 and is looking forward to a break post season to pursue new opportunities.

Dallas Fisher said The Chiefs will begin the process to recruit the Club’s next CEO.

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Anton Lienert-Brown
Full Name: Anton Lienert-Brown
Team: Chiefs
Position:Second Five-Eighth
Height:185cm
Weight:96kg
DOB:15.04.95
Super Rugby Games:23
Super Rugby Debut:2014 v Bulls in Pretoria
Province:Waikato
Provincial Games:19
Provincial Points:20 (4t)
Provincial Debut:2014 v Wellington
Test Caps:6
Test Points:10 (2t)
Test Debut:2016 v Australia in Wellington
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Anton went from strength to strength in 2016. An impressive Super Rugby season was followed by numerous starts in the All Blacks midfield, performing admirably and with maturity beyond his years.. - The Chiefs

Midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown enters his fourth season with the Chiefs after a hugely impressive breakout season in 2016 which saw him become a regular in the All Blacks midfield.

Anton has represented the New Zealand u20 side, taking the Junior World Cup title in Italy in 2015.  He was part of the team that won the Ranfurly Shield for Waikato.  His brother Dan also plays Super Rugby.

Full birth date and place of birth
15.04.1995 in Christchurch

What representative teams have you been a part of (including high-school 1st fifteen)?
Christchurch Boys High School 1st XV, New Zealand U20s, Waikato ITM Cup, Gallagher Chiefs

What primary school(s) did you go to?
Ilam Primary School

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

Favourite subject at school?
Physical Education

How many siblings do you have?
Two – one brother and one sister

Any trades or university qualifications?
I’m currently studying sports and leisure studies.

Who was your favourite player growing up?
Sonny Bill-Williams

Who is your favourite non-rugby sportsperson or sports team?
Michael Jordan

Favourite band or musician?
UB40

What do you eat for breakfast on game day?
Cereal or toast with eggs

Fantasy dinner party: Who would be your top three dinner guests (dead or alive)?
Michael Jordan, Justin Bieber, Beyonce

What do you do for fun away from rugby?
Golf

Best holiday destination?
Samoa

What would you eat for your last ever meal?
KFC

An interesting fact about you?
I played Super Rugby before I played senior club rugby

What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
Work hard kid

What does representing the Gallagher Chiefs mean to you?
It means a lot to me to be in such an awesome environment with good values, hard work ethics and a higher brotherhood.

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