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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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2012-2013 Back to back Investec Super Rugby Champions


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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On behalf of the Chiefs family, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Waikato Stadium tonight for our match against the Stormers. Tonight marks a special occasion as Tanerau Latimer plays his 100th Super Rugby game. It is a remarkable achievement, particularly in the modern game. It’s testament to Tanerau’s toughness, fitness levels, pride and commitment to representing the Chiefs. Tanerau is a great man and possesses all the traits, both on and off the field, that epitomize Chiefs Mana. We were happy to get the four points in our last game against the Highlanders. It was also fantastic to have our biggest home crowd ever for an opening round Chiefs match. Vocal and passionate supporters certainly help get the boys across the line. We obviously have not hit our straps yet. Our game is still rusty in many areas, but the players are showing a lot of resolve and character to get the job done. We have introduced six new players to Super Rugby and another two to the Chiefs culture so far this season. These players have shown they are prepared to put everything on the line for the Chiefs jersey. You can’t explain what playing Super Rugby for the Chiefs is like - the players have to experience it first hand. All these boys, without exception, have shown real commitment to the team and have deserved their time on the field. Our expectation is that when we select new players to come into the starting team, our performance will remain at the same high level (or be enhanced). This is what it takes to be a Chief – it creates depth, healthy competition for spots and adds to the winning legacy we are trying to create. The general feeling in the squad is that where we are, at the moment, is not good enough. There is, however, dogged determination to get the improvements we need. We are working hard on and off the training field to be better than before. We have a train-to-win attitude in all areas of the game and it’s inspiring being involved with this team. The Stormers are one of the big South African teams and traditionally a powerhouse of Super Rugby. While they have lost a few players from last year, they remain strong in the traditional areas of their game. They have a lot of Springboks in their backline who pose a danger, as well as a strong lineout, scrum and driving pack. They have consistently been the best defensive team in Super rugby and have few weaknesses. They have also shown in the past that, away from home, they can free up and play expansive rugby. We have to be prepared for this tonight. The Stormers have been successful at Super Rugby level for a long time and have a strong and respected leader in captain Jean De Villiers. Jean plays his 100th game for the team tonight. This will galvanise his men. He is a humble and hugely popular rugby player, known throughout the world as a sportsman of the highest integrity. The team also has a very experienced and successful coaching group. We see this game as a massive challenge, and I suspect it will be a tight and entertaining contest.

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It has been a few years of special achievements for new Chiefs back James Lowe, and the Nelson born twenty-one year old is loving every minute of it. Born in Nelson, the youngest in the family of three kids, Lowe’s rugby career started when he was at Birchwood Primary in Stoke. He was seven years old when he started playing for the Waimea Old Boys RFC in Nelson. His first match was on the wing, but as he got older he went in closer and had a crack at centre and first-five. When he shifted to Broadgreen Intermediate he went back to fullback.

James spent two months at home bedridden during the summer holidays while his mates were enjoying the school break. He was eventually put into hospital where he was on a drip for 3 hours a day, 3 times a day until a suitable medication routine was found. James now has his medical condition under control and the arthritis was put down to over use of his body at such a young age.

James thoroughly enjoyed school and claims Lord Rutherford as his high school, which was named after Nelson College’s most famous pupil. Rugby talent is no stranger to the school with Wyatt Crocket and Tom Marshall former pupils. Growing up his rugby idols were Jeff Wilson, Christian Cullen, Mils Muliaina and Israel Dagg.

In his final year at school he made the New Zealand Secondary School side and played Australia and Tonga, with the Kiwi team claiming bragging rights against both of their opponents.

Lowe was a “sports freak” and would pay a price for it in years to come. He was the junior and senior athletic champion and won the bowler of the year for cricket in Year 10 and Year 11. He represented New Zealand at U15s basketball and played every state in Australia. In 2008, he made the First XV as fullback/ wing alongside Tom Marshall. When he was 15 years old he dropped other sports to concentrate on rugby. However it was at this age he realised something wasn’t quite right with his body. The cricket season had just started and James got a bad rash which lead onto fatigue, and he identified that his body was not doing what it had been capable off. He went through a variety of doctors until he was accurately diagnosed with suffering from arthritis.

He continued to play for the Waimea Old Boys, believing it was important to stay true to the club. His form was noticed by Tasman and he was put on a Development contract in 2011. In 2012 he made his debut as a Tasman Mako against Canterbury. The match was a memorable one at Trafalgar Park where the Mako’s won the game in the dying minutes. In 2013 his club went on to win the club rugby competition with a side Lowe freely admits was stacked with Tasman players. Later that year he went onto win the ITM Cup Championship with the Mako’s, contributing to the campaign with six tries Midway through the ITM Cup he met with Chiefs coaches Andrew Strawbridge and Tom Coventry to discuss his future. Lowe had offers from other franchises but thought to himself it would been silly to go anywhere else.


James Lowe in action against the Highlanders Photo | Richard Spranger

“To win back-to-back championships against teams stacked with All Blacks, I thought they must have been doing something right,” he said.

When Lowe made his Investec Super Rugby debut against Crusaders he had a massive group of family and friends there to watch him.

He capped off a great weekend after cementing his future with the Chiefs by attending the All Blacks v Springboks at Eden Park, a present for his 21st birthday.

“Having my parents at my debut was a real highlight for me,” said James.

Coming in to the Chiefs environment, James was really nervous. His body was pushed to the limits on his fist day and he threw up on himself due to the intense training. Being pushed to the edge physically was something he wasn’t really used to, but has since become second nature. He found the Chiefs family welcoming and was surprised that everyone was treated as equal and surprised how much time everyone has for others especially the coaches.

“It felt pretty good. Afterwards we had a welcoming ceremony and I was nervous speaking in front of the team but it was great to earn my Chiefs jersey.”

“I was very excited and it was great to have my family and friends there watching, even though I had to find about 15 extra tickets!” Lowe scored the winning intercept try and describes how his instinct took over and he just went for it and fortunately got a hand to it. “It felt pretty good. Afterwards we had a welcoming ceremony and I was nervous speaking in front of the team but it was great to earn my Chiefs jersey.” Now his focus is on pushing to earn selection and learning as much as he can in a team full of talent. Away from rugby James is very artistic. He enjoys drawing and painting, a family talent he says is inherited from his Koro. He is also quick to say that his older sister is the most gifted artist in the family. Lowe was accepted into Teacher’s College but at this stage has opted to pursue his rugby career and if early signs are anything to go by this could just be the start of a bright future for the young man they call J-Lowe.


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the team

2014 ben afeaki

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

Prop

“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.”

Prop

“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 fruen

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 114.kg 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.”

Hooker

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.”

anton lienert-brown

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.”

Prop

Hooker

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

Centre/Fullback

“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.”

Halfback

Lock

“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

Lock

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

Winger

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

Halfback

Prop

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

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Jamie Mackintosh

2

Mahonri Schwalger

3

Ben Tameifuna

4

Matt Symons

5

Brodie Retallick

6

Liam Messam (C)

7

Tanerau Latimer

8

Liam Squire

9

Tawera Kerr-Barlow

10

Aaron Cruden (C)

11

James Lowe

12

Tom Marshall

13

Charlie Ngatai

14

Tim Nanai-Williams

15

Gareth Anscombe

16. Rhys Marshall 17. Pauliasi Manu 18. Josh Hohneck 19. Michael Fitzgerald 20. Tevita Koloamatangi 21. Brad Webber 22. Robbie Fruean 23. Asaeli Tikoirotuma

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2013: 2011: 2010: 2009:

Referee: AR1: Nic AR2: Sh TMO: Be


Head Coach: Allister Coetzee Assistant Coach: Robbie Fleck

hiefs vs tormers Matches: 16

efs win 7, Stormers win 9

Highest scores:

hiefs: 44, Hamilton 1996 rmers: 34, Hamilton 2010

gest winning margins:

efs: by 27, Hamilton 1996 mers: by 34, Hamilton 2010

Recent matches:

Stormers 36-34, Capetown Chiefs 30-23, Hamilton Stormers 49-15, Hamilton Chiefs 28-14, Capetown

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Assistant Coach: Matthew Proudfoot Team Manager: Chippie Solomon

1

Steven Kitshoff

2

Christiaan Liebenberg

3

Juan Harris

4

Ruan Botha

5

Michiel De Kock Steenkamp

6

Deon Fourie

7

Schalk Burger (Vc)

8

Daniel Vermeulen

9

Nicholas Groom

10

Demetri Catrakilis

11

Gio Aplon

12

Damian De Allende

13

Jean De Villiers (C)

14

Jacobus Petrus Van Wyk

15

Jacob Johannes Taute

16. Stephan Coetzee 17. Oliver Kebble 18. Jozua Francois Malherbe 19. Siyamthanda Kolisi 20. Nizaam Carr 21. Louis Schreuder 22. Peter Grant 23. Sailosi Tagicakibau

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2014 jersey

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The Chiefs are preparing for the 2014 season and are particularly excited to share the story of our new jersey with you. The 2014 Chiefs jersey is designed by Dave Burke, Luke Crawford, and Wally Rifle who have a close association with many of the team’s senior players. They worked closely with a team of Māori advisers to ensure the designs used are appropriate and meaningful to add value to the Chiefs’ successful and winning ways. This project was done alongside the Chiefs franchise - including senior players and management and the marketing team.

The jersey design is centered on three main themes: 1.

KOTIATE (central shape in black)

Hand held clubs used by chiefs in warfare.

2.

AWA (flowing yellow kowhaiwhai)

Waterways which when combined into a single centralised flow become unstoppable.

3.

ARA POUTAMA (red background)

The stairway to success urging players toward continued development and growth.

kotiate

BLACK HANDHELD CLUB The defining design is the Kotiate (Chiefs Weapon), which is a handheld club used in times of battle. The design means players enter each game armed and ready for action with

A WEAPON FIT FOR A CHIEF. The top part of the Kotiate has the stylised claws and teeth of taniwha in the region of the chest. This injects sting into the most important part of the weapon so there is impact when the Kotiate strikes. This part of the Kotiate is called ‘Te Rau o te patu” and is there to dispatch the opposition in battle.

A black tattooed face forms the bottom part of the Kotiate and represents those people players carry with them onto the field. For many this is whānau and family. The face is strategically positioned on the stomach (puku) where Māori believe strength is drawn just as they draw strength from their families.

ara poutama RED BACKGROUND

The red background has the ‘Ara Poutama” design. This depicts an upward staircase, which urges players to keep striving for continued success through constantly improving themselves individually and as a team.

awa

The mangōpare design (hammerhead shark) is also incorporated in the waterways and represents tenacity, strength and determination, which a chief must display to be successful.

"TE TĪMA O NGĀ TOA - KŌKIRI WHAKAMUA KIA EKE PANUKU, EKE TANGAROA" "MIGHTY CHIEFS - ADVANCE TO VICTORY!"

YELLOW WATERWAYS The flowing yellow kowhaiwhai patterns encircling the Kotiate depict waterways; these represent the rivers and lakes from players home unions. These waters flow overland and subterranean to combine with the Waikato River and the region where the team is based. The well-known proverbial saying associated with the Waikato River says:

“WAIKATO TANIWHĀ RAU, HE PIKO HE TANIWHĀ, HE PIKO HE TANIWHĀ”

“Waikato of a hundred chiefs, at every turn of the river a chief” - The taniwhā are guardians clearly visible at each twist of the design and represent all those who support the Chiefs team.


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Matt Symon in action against the Highlanders Photo | Richard Spranger

Matt Symons made his Chiefs debut and it was a game he will never forget. The pace was ferocious, his lungs were burning like a bonfire and he beat his old franchise. “It was an awesome experience. When I came on the field, off the bench, we had our back against the wall so it was a big intensive effort to keep the Crusaders out,” said the lock.

cementing a starting spot and developing his skills throughout the year.

The difference from the step up from ITM to Investec Super Rugby is the speed and physicality and Matt happily admits his legs were very heavy and lungs hurt after his first game but it is definitely one of his most memorable occasions, especially getting his Chiefs jersey presented to him after the match.

“It was good to get 80 minutes under the belt and I was happy.”

In his second game against the Highlanders he was named in the starting XV, and said it made him more nervous than coming off the bench as he had more time to think about the build up and preparation. “It was good to get 80 minutes under the belt and I was happy.” Now Symons is looking forward to

Born in Essex, the twenty-five year old is the oldest of four. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister.


“It is a special environment. You have to work hard and you are accountable. There are high expectations but we have a lot of fun,”

Symons grew up in Essex and was educated in Hertfordshire where he started playing rugby at the age of five in the backs for Saracens, who he played for until he turned 17. As a youngster, Matt was always small and didn’t achieve his lock physique until he turned 17, when he recalls he had a massive growth spurt. At the age of 18 after completing his ‘O-Levels’ he took up rowing after seeing an Olympic scouting programme advertisement. Matt and 4000 other hopefuls tested for the Great Britain Rowing programme. After rigorous testing the massive group was culled down to 20 and then down to a small group of five, which included Matt. The talented group was sent to Reading University to take part in the Reading University Boat Club rowing programme. Matt opted to study Human Geography majoring in Urban Development while he trained. The intense rowing programme involved two or three sessions a day, 7 days a week and one day off a month. It was based on a simplified version of the Olympic programme.

made his ITM Cup debut, going on to win the ITM Cup Premiership title with Canterbury. Winning ways continued in the family with his brother, who had also come to New Zealand, winning the ITM cup championship with Tasman before returning to play rugby in England. It was through Matt’s performance during the ITM Cup that he was noticed by Tom Coventry who approached Symons about a move north to the Chiefs. There was interest from other franchises but Matt selected the Chiefs due to the quality of the coaching staff, the fact they were back-to-back champions, and because people had great things to say about the environment. Matt is enjoying his new home in Hamilton. He admits he was nervous about his first day at the Chiefs but they were quickly put aside with the warm welcome he received from the players and coaches. “It is a special environment. You have to work hard and you are accountable. There are high expectations but we have a lot of fun,” he says. He is currently flatting with fellow new Chiefs player James Lowe. Matt reckons “J-Lowe” isn’t too bad on the cooking and is a talented artist, which is not something many people would know. Both the new recruits are looking to secure their first Super Rugby title this year and will be working hard to do it.

Whilst in the Great Britain Under 23 training squad, Matt’s long term arm injuries to both arms required an operation after it was discovered he was suffering from compartment syndrome. After the operation he forced to retire from rowing as it was still painful to row. In late 2010 he joined Esher Rugby Club to play rugby for their Academy whilst continuing his degree. He completed his studies in May 2012. Over dinner later during the week with his brother Andrew, the boys decided it would be a good opportunity to go to New Zealand. Andrew was based at the Leister Tigers but had contacts in Christchurch, and one week later Matt was on the plane going to Christchurch to play for High School Old Boys. Matt’s performances led to an invitation to train with the 2012 Canterbury ITM Cup squad. In 2013 he captained the Crusaders Development Side and

Photo | Richard Spranger


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Seven houses up for grabs for Chiefs fans Seven Generation Homes worth $350,000 each will be up for grabs for Chiefs fans who attend Chiefs Investec Super Rugby home games this season. National home builder and Chiefs sponsor, Generation Homes have put up the potential prize pool worth $2.45 Million in the ‘Score a Home’ promotion and will be putting up one Generation Home for each home game for Chiefs fans to win and it all revolves around the number 14. To reflect Generation Homes unique fixed price 14 week build guarantee, they will give one lucky registered Chiefs fan a $350,000 Generation Homes house if the Chiefs player wearing the number 14 jersey scores a try in the 14th minute at any of the seven remaining 2014 home games. To be part of the ‘Score a Home’ competition all Chiefs supporters have to do is go online at www. generation.co.nz to register and the winner must be at the stadium for the game to win and be contactable. A full list of terms and conditions are available on the Generation Homes website. The competition applies for 2014 home games held at Waikato Stadium and Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. In the Chiefs match against the Highlanders last Saturday Chiefs winger Tim Nanai-Williams came close when he scored near the 11th minute so it will definitely increase the attention around the first quarter of the Chiefs games. Generation Homes National Marketing Manager Dave Andrew said, “The promotion recognises the company’s strong association with the Chiefs’ region.” “We established Generation Homes in Tauranga 17 years ago, and the Chiefs’ region is where we have come from. This is our home ground. We are now an established national company and proud to be giving back to the community where it all started for us.” Chiefs Commercial Manager Sean Austin said, “The ‘Score a House’ competition will definitely add some more interest and excitement to our games, especially in the 14th minute. We are really excited that the promotion will see Generation Homes literally putting their house on the line at every Chiefs round robin home game for our fans to win.”

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