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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.

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Sam Cane
Full Name: Sam Cane
Team: Chiefs
Position:Loose forward
Height:189cm
Weight:103kg
DOB:13.01.92
Super Rugby Games:82
Super Rugby Points:55 (11t)
Super Rugby Debut:2011 v Lions in Johannesburg
Province:Bay of Plenty
Provincial Games:19
Provincial Points:25 (5t)
Provincial Debut:2010 v Auckland in Mt Maunganui
Test Caps:37
Test Points:55 (11t)
Test Debut:2012 v Ireland in Christchurch
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"Sam is a true professional in every sense of the word.  He thrived as co-captain of the team in 2016 and we look forward to seeing him lead across the field in 2017."- The Chiefs

Sam enters his sixth season with the Chiefs and is a key part of the team’s leadership.  On the back of a stellar Super Rugby season last year he collected  the Chiefs Players’ Player of the Year and showed many mature performances in his role as co-captain.   

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.

If you weren’t a rugby player, what would you be doing?
Guitarist in a rock band

Who was your favourite player as a kid?
Jeff Wilson

What event would you go to the Olympics for … No sevens allowed!
Beach Volleyball

Favourite sportsperson outside rugby?
Roger Federer

Forwards- What position would you put yourself in the backline and why?
Backs- What position would you put yourself in the forward pack and why?

Second Five

What’s your go to meal in the kitchen?
Creamy Chicken Fettucine

What’s your mum’s best meal for her boy?
Roast Lamb

Who is the best singer in the team?
Nathan Harris

Favourite movie quote?
Life is a game of inches, so is football –Al Pacino-Any given Sunday

What would you spend your last $10 on?
Two handles of beer for me and a mate

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