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[BNZ SPONSOR MESSAGE 2014] Welcome to the 2014 season of Investec Super Rugby. At Bank of New Zealand, we take pride in supporting our national game, and it’s a privilege to once again be backing the five New Zealand teams as they vie for the championship this year. All eyes will be on the Chiefs as they look to win the title for the third year running – but it won’t be easy for them with teams from South Africa and Australia also looking to prove a point before the 2015 World Cup kicks off next year in England. The game of rugby – like BNZ – is steeped in the history, culture and fabric of this country, and each season brings incredible excitement as we witness the passion and dedication required to compete with the world’s best. Players are continually striving to raise the bar and be innovative in lifting their performances on the field – just as our people are at BNZ. Our shared belief in continuous improvement is one of the many things that make our sponsorship of the Investec Super Rugby so important to us. When you’re thinking about physical fitness this rugby season, take a moment to assess your financial fitness and speak to BNZ about the many ways we can help you be good with money. On behalf of all our BNZ people around the country, I would like wish our five teams all the best for the season ahead and extend a warm welcome to all fans of the Investec Super Rugby competition. We hope you enjoy the game. Andrew Thorburn Chief Executive Officer BNZ


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Welcome to Investec Super Rugby 2014 Investec has a long history of sponsoring the rugby union and we are delighted to be entering the fourth season as naming rights partner of Super Rugby in New Zealand. We are also involved in a number of rugby-related sponsorships, which include The Rugby Championship in New Zealand and the Investec International Rugby Academy in South Africa. As Super Rugby sponsors, we continue to enjoy the partnership with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the five teams that are represented by them. The competition is followed by supporters in our three main geographies – South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia - and is a perfect match for the Investec brand. The game of rugby itself reflects our belief in unwavering teamwork, strategic play and tenacity, which are at the heart of Investec’s culture. We wish all the teams and their supporters the best of luck and look forward to another season of thrilling Super Rugby in 2014. Janet Larsen Head of Marketing: Investec South Africa

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Thank you to all those who have turned up tonight to encourage us in our effort to get back into the winning habit.

It’s clear that some of our recent efforts have failed to reach the standards we have set for ourselves and it’s important that we work through the tougher times together. It was a very sombre changing room following the Brumbies game and it’s not a feeling we want to experience again any-time soon. We feel the responsibility of performing with heart and enthusiasm keenly, so to fail to display these characteristics last week is disappointing for us all.That said, we believe that we can turn this around quickly and as a group, are committed to doing so. Playing the Lions represents an opportunity to get our season back on track and we have focused this week on rugby fundamentals including skill execution and decision making. Aspects which have operated well previously, but which have been rusty for the past month or so. As coaches, we have great faith in our playing roster and know that we are capable of performing with more sting, accuracy and competitive edge. Chiefs Mana is a living thing for us all and our ambitions for this season are the same as 2012 and 2013. Welcome to the battle tonight and thank you all for your continued support.

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Young Chiefs player Anton Lienert-Brown has been selected to represent the New Zealand U20 side in the IRB Junior World Championship that will be held in June in New Zealand. Current Chiefs Ben Afeaki, Aaron Cruden, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Gareth Anscombe, Robbie Robinson, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ben Tameifuna, Charlie Ngatai, Tom Marshall, Rhys Marshall, Nathan Harris, Brad Weber and Carl Axtens have all played for the New Zealand U20 side at the IRB event. Many of them were coached by Dave Rennie and Andrew Strawbridge who were involved during 2008-2010 winning reign of New Zealand. The side also won in 2011 but the trophy has not been in the New Zealand Rugby cabinet since then but it is something NZRU hopes to rectify this year with the home advantage. The nineteen year old will be joined in the side by Chiefs Development players forwards Atunaisa Moli, Scott Mellow, Tau Koloamatangi, James Tucker, Troy Callander, Mitchell Jacobson, Lachlan Boshier, Epalahame Faiva and back Damian McKenzie. Lienert-Brown has yet to play senior rugby or ITM Cup but has already made his Investec Super Rugby debut in one of the toughest rugby grounds in the world – Loftus Versfield in Pretoria against the Bulls in March.

“Being at Loftus and coming up against the Bulls was a daunting task but I was pretty excited about the opportunity to be a part of it,”

After the match he was presented with his playing jersey and it something he will treasure. “It was really special so I have given it to my parents look after.” The week later his brother Dan made his debut for the Crusaders against the Lions in Johannesburg. Dan was also a member of the 2013 New Zealand U20s. Lienert-Brown was born in Christchurch and is the youngest of the family. He started playing rugby for Marist at the age of four. He recalls that everyone just ran in one pack following the ball like a swarm of bees. He attended Ilam Primary School in Ricarton and his fondest memory is being a House Captain in his final year at junior school and winning the House Cup. “It was a big buzz to win the House Cup in those days,” he said. After primary school he went to Kirkwood Intermediate where he played prop. “I was a chunky monkey right up until my second year of high school, then I grew taller so had to move from the front row. Lienert-Brown was a product of Christchurch Boys High School and enjoyed being with his mates everyday and the amount of sporting opportunity the school offered. He first cracked the school First XV in Year 12 where played mostly at centre and wing. In the final year of school he moved to second five and won the prestigious Press Cup.

Last year Anton was offered a place by the Waikato Academy and joined the Chiefs Development so moved to Hamilton to study sports and leisure. The year didn’t go as planned and Anton didn’t play much rugby as he dislocated his shoulder in March at Chiefs Development training and required surgery. His rehab was a long process and he learned the reality of rugby injuries. Late last year he had a meeting with the Chiefs coaches to see if he wanted to be in the wider training group, an opportunity that he had always dreamed of. “I was really happy to make the Wider Training Squad and was hugely excited about the campaign ahead.” His family are still based in Christchurch and although he doesn’t get home much he keeps in regular contact with his parents and is grateful that when the earthquakes hit they lived in the side of town that was not too badly affected. “We have cracks in our house but that is nothing compared to other people,” he commented. He still rates his Mum’s home cooking as his favourite meal of choice. Anton feels that being under the Chiefs coaches and the steep learning curve he has been on over the last six months contributed to his selection in the New Zealand U20s side. “The Chiefs environment is outstanding, everyone is very supportive especially being young,” said the talented young player.

“The Chiefs environment is outstanding, everyone is very supportive especially being young,” Tickets to the IRB Junior World Championship are available from Lienert-Brown says the biggest things he has learned so far is the importance of doing your role properly and the little micro skills that makes a difference between the levels of rugby. He flats with two other Chiefs debutants James Lowe and Matt Symons and enjoys home life. “It is a pretty organised flat.” Outside of rugby he enjoys hanging out with mates but admits there is not a lot of time to do other things but he wouldn’t have it any other way. The New Zealand Squad will assemble prior to the IRB Junior World Championship on 20 May 2014, in Mount Maunganui where they will play the Chiefs Development side on the 28 May and will be based in Auckland from 29 May.

New Zealand U20’s Tournament schedule: Monday 2 June

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Friday 6 June

V South Africa 7:35pm, North Harbour Stadium

Tuesday 10 June

V Scotland 7:35pm, ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe

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carl axtens

Height 1.93m Weight 127kg D.O.B. 12.01.88 Province North Harbour

Height 1.93m Weight 108kg D.O.B. 26.08.91 Province Bay Of Plenty


“A solid scrummager who is mobile and physical, with a huge work ethic.”

Number 8

“A versatile loose forward, who has proven to be abrasive and powerful at No 8”

bundee aki

nick barrett

Height 1.82m Weight 92kg D.O.B. 07.04.90 Province Counties Manukau

Height 1.83m Weight 114kg D.O.B. 07.09.88 Province Southland

Midfield Back

“A very quick, aggressive and evasive ball carrier. Bundee is a competitive character who is destructive defensively.”


“Nick Barrett is a current Maori All Black who plays his ITM Cup for Southland.”

gareth anscombe

sam cane

Height 1.84m Weight 90kg D.O.B. 10.05.91 Province Auckland “Gareth was a huge performer in the unfamiliar position of fullback last season. He is a heady footballer with impressive kicking skills and has the ability to threaten defences.”

Height 1.89m Weight 104kg D.O.B. 13.01.92 Province Bay of Plenty

First Five-Eight/Fullback

Loose forward

“A very talented and highly diligent loose forward. An aggressive, accurate defender and outstanding link player.”

nick croswell

robbie fruean

Height 1.95m Weight 110kg D.O.B. 03.04.86 Province Manawatu

Height 1.90m Weight 104kg D.O.B. 13.07.88 Province Canterbury

Loose Forward

Midfield Back

“A versatile and competitive loose forward or lock. Nick is a very experienced and hard working good bugger.”

“A big, powerful and fast midfielder, this former World U19 Player of the Year has been a handful for Super Rugby defences over the past four seasons.”

aaron cruden First five-eighth

nathan harris

Height 1.78m Weight 82kg D.O.B. 08.01.89 Province Manawatu

Height 1.86m Weight 106kg D.O.B. 08.03.92 Province Bay of Plenty

“A tough, world class director of the game with an attacking mindset. A constant threat, a creator of tries with a strong tactical boot.”

“Nathan Harris is a dynamic and mobile young hooker.”

ross filipo Loose Forward

josh hohneck

Height 1.98m Weight D.O.B. 14.04.79 Province Wellington

Height 1.90m Weight 118kg D.O.B. 06.02.86 Province Bay Of Plenty

“A former All Black lock and winner of three Super Rugby Titles. Ross is very physical, competitive and experienced.”

“A mobile and versatile prop. High work rate, abrasive attitude and well rounded skill set.”

mike fitzgerald Lock

andrew horrell

Height 1.97m Weight 115kg D.O.B. 03.02.87 Province Manawatu

Height 1.82m Weight 93kg D.O.B. 18.07.88 Province Hawke’s Bay

“A strong set piece exponent and competitive second rower. Embodies the Chiefs’ mantra of hard working, good bugger.”

“A highly versatile, calm and confident player who can adapt to any position needed. Intelligent player with an excellent skill set.”


Tighthead Prop

Midfield Back/Fullback

tawera kerr-barlow Halfback

Height 1.87m Weight 89kg D.O.B. 15.08.90 Province Waikato “An aggressive and competitive halfback with a strong distribution game. Tawera has the ability to lead and be demanding of others.”

tevita kolomatangi Loose Forward

Height 1.89m Weight 105kg D.O.B. 07.09.88 Province Tasman “Tevita Koloamatangi is an impressive and versatile loose forward.”

james lowe Wing

Height 1.87m Weight 101kg D.O.B. 08.07.92 Province Tasman “A stand out in the ITM Cup with his dynamic try scoring and power. James will be an exciting player to watch at this level.”

jamie mackintosh Loosehead Prop

Height 1.93m Weight 130kg D.O.B. 20.02.85 Province Southland “A highly competitive and experienced athlete. A proven leader with a quality work ethic.”

tanerau latimer

pauliasi manu

Height 1.83m Weight 101kg D.O.B. 06.05.86 Province Bay of Plenty

Height 1.84m Weight 115kg D.O.B. 23.12.87 Province Auckland

“One of the hardest and most experienced flankers in the game. A respected leader and consistent performer.”

“A strong hard carrying prop with explosive qualities. A sound set piece operator.”

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rhys marshall

Openside Flanker

Second Five-Eighth Province Waikato

“Anton Lienert-Brown is a product of the Christchurch Boys High School First XV and was a stand out performer of that 2012 team.”



Height 1.84m Weight 104kg D.O.B. 12.10.92 Province Taranaki “An energetic and enthusiastic young player with a great capacity for work.”

tom marshall

charlie ngatai

Height 1.83m Weight 91kg D.O.B. 07.05.90 Province Tasman “Tom has a massive work ethic that has him highly involved in the game regardless of the position he’s playing. An impressive skill set complements his game awareness”

Height 1.86m Weight 100kg D.O.B. 17.08.90 Province Wellington

liam messam Loose forward

augustine pulu

Height 1.90m Weight 108kg D.O.B. 25.03.84 Province Waikato

Height 1.89m Weight 90kg D.O.B. 04.01.90 Province Counties

“A player with an uncompromising attitude who leads by example with his enormous work ethic and polished skill set.”

“A powerful and energetic player. A constant threat, ability to challenge and create space for others.”

mils muliaina

brodie retallick

Height 1.83m Weight 92kg D.O.B. 31.07.80

Height 2.04m Weight 121kg D.O.B. 31.05.91 Province Bay of Plenty

Fullback/Midfield Back


“An All Blacks great who has achieved everything in New Zealand Rugby. This quality player’s experience will be invaluable both on and off the field.”

tim nanai-williams Fullback/winger

Height 1.82m Weight 90kg D.O.B. 12.06.89 Province Counties Manuka “A very powerful and dynamic player with the skillset to play multiple positions. Evasive, strong aerially and post tackle, and kicks confidently off both feet.”

Midfield Back

“A national age grade sprint champion, he has the pace and skill set to play multiple positions effectively. Has a prodigious boot.”



“A world class lock with a massive work rate. Imposing physical presence and quality skill set.”

mahonri schwalger Hooker

Height 1.80m Weight 106kg D.O.B. 15.09.78 Province Counties Manukau “A strong scrummaging hooker. One of the best in the business with vast experience in high pressure situations.”

liam squire

kane thompson

Height 1.96m Weight 113kg D.O.B. 20.3.91 Province Tasman

Height 1.96m Weight 112kg D.O.B. 09.01.82


Loose Forward

“A Super Rugby title winner with international experience. Analytical and skillful lineout leader who has the ability to cover No 8 and lock proficiently.”

“Liam is a tall and athletic loose forward, selected on the back of outstanding ITM Cup form. Strong lineout exponent. Physicality and power feature prominently in his game.”

asaeli tikoirotuma

matt symons Lock


Height 2.00m Weight 117kg D.O.B. 04.08.89 Province Canterbury

Height 1.87m Weight 91kg D.O.B. 24.06.86 Province Manawatu “Strong aerially and very rapid, his strength is his work rate and ability to roam on both sides of the field looking for action. Good communicator.”

“A physical and agile lock with great aerial skills who gets his first taste of Investec Super Rugby.”

brad weber

ben tameifuna



Dave Rennie Head Coach

Height 1.84m Weight 137kg D.O.B. 30.08.91 Province Waikato

Height 1.72m Weight 75kg D.O.B. 17.01.91 Province Waikato

“A powerfully built tighthead, explosive and destructive with an excellent skill set.”

“The effective player with a sound kicking and organisational game, and a brave defender.”

Wayne Smith Assistant Coach

Tom Coventry Assistant Coach

Andrew Strawbridge Assistant Coach

Head Coach: Dave Rennie Assistant Coach: Tom Coventry Assistant Coach: Wayne Smith Assistant Coach: Andrew Strawbridge Team Manager: Stu Williams


Pauliasi Manu


Nathan Harris


Josh Hohneck


Ross Filipo


Brodie Retallick


Tanerau Latimer


Sam Cane


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Tawera Kerr-Barlow


Gareth Anscombe


James Lowe


Tom Marshall


Charlie Ngatai


Dwayne Sweeney


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16. Mahonri Schwalger 17. Jamie Mackintosh 18. Ben Tameifuna 19. Matt Symons 20. Mike Fitzgerald 21. Brad Weber 22. Bundee Aki 23. Andrew Horrell


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Head Coach: Johan Ackermann Team Manager: Mustapha Boomgaard

hiefs vs lions Recent matches

: Lions 33-27 at Johannesburg 09: Chiefs 36-29 at Hamilton Chiefs 72-65 at Johannesburg Chiefs 34-30 at Johannesburg 2: Chiefs 34-21 at Pukekohe

matches: Chiefs: 12 wins

aal/Gauteng/Cats/Lions: 5 wins

Last five matches

Chiefs d 7: drew with Bulls 34-34 (a) 8: drew with Cheetahs 43-43 (a) und 9: beat Rebels 22-16 (h) 10: lost to Crusaders 17-18 (h) d 11: lost to Brumbies 23-41 (a)

Lions Round 7: bye d 8: lost to Crusaders 7-28 (h) nd 9: lost to Sharks 12-25 (h) d 10: lost to Stormers 3-18 (a) Round 11: bye Referee: Chris Pollock AR1: Mike Fraser AR2: Michael Lash TMO: Ben Skeen

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Born in Auckland, twenty-three year old Chiefs utility back Tom Marshall has been a welcome addition to the Chiefs side but he didn’t start out as your typical rugby player. Marshall lived in South Auckland’s league capital Mangere Bridge for the first seven years of his life but played soccer from the age of four until he was ten years old. Seeking a better lifestyle, when he was ten years old, his Mum and Dad packed his older brother and sister and Tom up to move to sunny Nelson. It was in Nelson at Tahunanui Primary School that he developed his love of sports, particularly cross country. Marshall played his first game of rugby for Nelson Rugby Football Club at lock before shifting to first five-eighth which is where he stayed during his time at primary school and Nelson Intermediate. It wasn’t until he went to Nelson College and started playing for the First XV that he began playing at second five-eighth and fullback. When he was in 6th form his side won the prestigious Canterbury Press Cup. In his seventh form he played in the school’s top team alongside his fellow Chiefs team mate James Lowe.After school, Marshall studied sports science at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. In 2010, his second year of studying, he made the Tasman Makos ITM Cup side and the New Zealand U20s side.

Marshall was under the guidance of Chiefs coach Dave Rennie as part of the 2010 Junior World Championship. The New Zealand team won the tournament in Argentina with a side that included Marshall’s Chiefs team mates Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Charlie Ngatai. Winning the Junior World Championship was a real highlight for the lad from Nelson. Marshall said “To win the Junior World Championships was simply awesome!” The following year Marshall made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2011 against the Waratahs in Nelson.

“My first Super Rugby game was pretty special. It was the year of the Canterbury earthquakes so we were playing on the road a bit, but never did I think I would ever get to make my debut in my home town of Nelson.”

Before he moved to the Chiefs, Marshall had a stellar season with the Tasman Makos, winning the ITM Cup Championship with a side which featured fellow Chiefs Tevita Koloamatangi and James Lowe. Marshall’s versatility, high work rate, strong ball carry skills and good character appealed to the Chiefs coaches so they enticed him to Chiefs Country. Marshall is happy with his decision, believing it was the right move to further his rugby career. “I am having a good time here. The Chiefs environment is really enjoyable. The boys have made me feel very welcome and the coaches are awesome,’ said Marshall Marshall didn’t have the ideal start to his time at the Chiefs. He broke his thumb at pre-season training and required an operation which kept him out of Investec Super Rugby for the first two matches. He finally made his debut for the Chiefs against the Stormers on the 14 March and scored a try right on halftime in the 36-20 win. Outside of rugby he enjoys fishing and tennis but he states that he seldom has much time for either these days and with Super Rugby and ITM Cup, the fishing might have to wait until Christmas!

“My first Super Rugby game was pretty special. It was the year of the Canterbury earthquakes so we were playing on the road a bit, but never did I think I would ever get to make my debut in my home town of Nelson.” To this day Marshall is the only active Super Rugby player to have made his debut in Nelson. He spent three seasons playing for the Crusaders. In 2013 he played more minutes than any other Crusader which put him in eighth ranking in the Investec Super Rugby competition, racking up 42 games for the side. Meanwhile his big brother James made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders in Wellington in 2013. Tom said playing against his brother was probably more of a special moment for his Mum and Dad. “Once you get on the field those sorts of things go by the wayside and you just concentrate on the job at hand but I think Mum and Dad were pretty stoked to be able to watch us both at once.”

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The Chiefs Cheerleaders have been a part of the Chiefs landscape since 2000 and this year they have their own sponsors - The Bank Bar & Brasserie. The Bank Bar and Brasserie is part of the Lawrenson Group which owns 13 popular hospitality establishments that are well known in Chiefs country including, The Outback Inn, Bluestone Steakhouse, Shenanigans Irish Pub and Furnace Restaurant and Bar. John Lawrenson, the CEO of the Lawrenson Group said “I have had a long term association with the Chiefs and the cheerleaders so it was a natural progression for us to formalize the relationship by sponsoring the cheerleaders.” Lawrenson has been in business partnerships with several former Chiefs players and knows many of the cheerleaders. He appreciates how important it is to provide entertainment in today’s market and the work the cheerleaders put in. “The Lawrenson Group are focused on entertaining people so it is a great fit for us to align ourselves with the Chiefs who entertain people with the style of rugby they play and The Bank Cheerleaders who provide entertainment for the fans at the match,” said Lawrenson. Drury Lane Dance Studio dance school owner Kerry Davis was brought in to manage the squad. Kerry is highly committed and has been in charge of the talented group for the past eight years. They had a year off in 2012 but due to fan demand they were back in 2013. The selection process to get into The Bank Cheerleaders is a very serious and rigorous process. Auditions are held every year to find the 18-strong squad for the up coming season. Audition information is placed on the Chiefs website at the beginning of the year and applicants are required to be over 18 years of age with a minimum of two years dance experience. All previous year’s performers have to re-audition every year. At this year’s auditions Kerry and her panel were required to reduce the 35 contenders down to 18. A

task Kerry described as being quite difficult. Kerry has over forty years experience in the dance industry. “We are very fortunate that we get a high standard of applicants which always makes it quite difficult to select our squad,“ said Kerry. To be part of The Bank Cheerleaders requires serious commitment. Dancers must be from the Chiefs region and attend compulsory twice-a-week trainings in Hamilton. Two of this year’s squad are from Mt Maunganui. Each home game The Bank Cheerleaders are required to learn six new choreographed routines to perform at half time to keep the fans entertained during the 12 minute break. When asked what the challenges are that The Bank Cheerleaders face at a game, Kerry states that wet dew on the ground and the cold can be challenges which is why they focus on dance routines as apposed to acrobatic routines. “We never can predict what the ground surface is going to be like so we have to have routines that work in any conditions.” But regardless of the surface condition, one thing remains constant and that is when the half time whistle blows, The Bank Cheerleaders will be out on the field giving it 100% to entertain the passionate rugby supporters in the stands.

2014 Cheerleaders: Chane Botha, Jade Carey, Nardine Drent, Abby Dutton, Hannah Farrant, Libby Fisher, Kirsty Kraakman, Quin Leong, Casey McAskie, Nikki McAskie, Hannah Meredith, Courtney Newdick, Leah Parkinson, Chloe Paterson, Estelle Poole, Karina Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Natalie Sangster.


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