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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

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 Whanau, welcome to Waikato Stadium for our first home game of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby season. It is always special to play in front of a home crowd including our family and friends. We believe we have the best supporters in the competition, which has been evident with the impressive way that people in Chiefs Country have got behind us over the last couple of seasons. It was great to start the Investec Super Rugby season with a win in Christchurch last week. It was an eventful night from the coaches’ box and the changing room resembled a battlefield post game. We were really proud of our boys who displayed amazing courage under pressure. Ultimately we played a large chunk of the game without the ball and for us to defend that long against a Crusaders side of that depth is a testament to the character of the group. Congratulations to the seven men who who made their Chiefs debut, led by some outstanding performances from our senior players. We play in the toughest provincial competition in the world. and tonight will be another epic New Zealand Conference battle. I was pretty impressed by what I saw from the Highlanders match against the Blues. They were combative with and without the ball and certainly played with a lot of passion. While we were happy with our defensive effort against the Crusaders, our set piece and overall attack needs to step up against what is a very good Highlanders team. Finally I would like to thank our highly valued sponsors, season members, fans and families and we appreciate your on-going support. You can be assured we will be doing our utmost to ensure the Investec Super Rugby trophy stays at the Chiefs Headquarters.

Enjoy the footy. Dave Rennie



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Robbie Fruean is a lucky man and the humble centre is grateful for the opportunity to play rugby again after two major heart operations. Born in Wellington, Fruean didn’t start playing rugby until he was nine. He started as a lock for the North Bulldogs while attending Glenview Primary School, scoring a try in his first game by running straight up the middle, a trait that he would continue throughout his career. He moved from playing lock to first five-eighth when he shifted to Brandon Intermediate, and he stayed in that position at Porirua High School. When he made the 1st XV in Sixth form, he moved to centre. Fruean enjoyed the extra curricular activities associated with school especially the other sports, choir and Polyfest. In 2007 he won the IRB Under 19 Player of the Year after leading New Zealand to a U19 Championship win, beating South Africa in the final. After high school he went straight into the Wellington Lions under coach Aussie McLean alongside seasoned rugby identities Rodney S’oialo, Tana Umaga and John Schwalger - the cousin of Chiefs hooker Mahonri Schwalger. One of the most powerful young men in New Zealand rugby realised he was losing his power when he

got rheumatic fever in 2008. The potentially lifethreatening illness causes inflammation of the heart and it damaged one of Robbie’s valves. He was given the medical advice to have his own heart valve replaced with a pig valve. Being a young man, Robbie didn’t quite appreciate the severity of the situation at the time but he did the second time he went under the knife. After his first operation he returned to rugby, played for the Wellington Lions in 2009 and had his first Super Rugby game for the Hurricanes.

Robbie also realised things were not right physically. He was more tired than usual and every time he trained harder it got worse. He visited his heart specialist and they identified that the replacement valve was stiffening up. It was discussed with his medical team that a new, bigger cow valve was required. Entering the operating table for the second time, Robbie took the situation very seriously and appreciated the support from his partner, four sisters, parents and the rugby fraternity. He had the operation in July 2103 and admits he wasn’t scared but knew the quicker he got it done the quicker he could get back onto the field. Dave Rennie approached Fruean in October and offered him a contract which gave the Porirua lad a new lease of excitement.

In 2010 he went to the Crusaders under coach Todd Blackadder, playing ITM Cup for Canterbury along side Sonny Bill Williams. He was the top joint try scorer with former Chiefs player Lelia Masaga. He won the ITM Cup in 2011 and 2012, winning the ITM Cup Player of the Year. The following year his life took another dramatic turn.

“It was a blessing and a sign to move on and start afresh,” said Fruean.

In 2013 he was constantly on the move due to his damaged housing in the Canterbury earthquakes and he was grateful for the support he got from a couple of key families in the area who took him under their wing.

Fruean has had to work very hard to get into shape in a short time. His new heart valve is 30% bigger than the last valve. He freely admits he has had the opportunity to make the most of the training, and

knows he still has a long way to go, but is happy with his progress so far. He has achieved some personal bests in fitness testing and is enjoying his new rugby family.

“The Chiefs environment is awesome. It feels like they have a good balance and I really enjoy the style of rugby they play. They bring back the passion of what motivates you to play rugby and they give you the confidence to try new things and play to your natural strengths,” said Robbie.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has been impressed with Robbie’s progress to date. “He has made some massive shifts both physically and in the way he plays his game. He has worked really hard and we want him to get more involved in the game which he is keen to do. He has fitted in really well and we are rapt to have him in the Chiefs family.”

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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

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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.”

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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

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Midfield Back

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Height 1.87m Weight 89kg D.O.B. 15.08.90 Province Waikato

james lowe Wing

Height 1.87m Weight 101kg D.O.B. 08.07.92 Province Tasman

“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.”

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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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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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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.”

“An aggressive and competitive halfback with a strong distribution game. Tawera has the ability to lead and be demanding of others.”

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

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Height 1.85m Weight 96kg D.O.B 15.04.95 Province Waikato “Anton Lienert-Brown is a product of the Christchurch Boys High School First XV team.”

“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.”

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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.”



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.”

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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”

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“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.”

“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.”

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.”

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

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Height 1.81m Weight 88kg D.O.B. 22.08.89 Province Southland

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


“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.” - Dave Rennie

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

“One of the quickest players in Super Rugby. An outstanding broken field runner, courageous in the air and an excellent kicker off both feet.”

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

Height 1.80m Weight 106kg D.O.B. 15.09.78 Province Counties Manukau

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

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


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16. Rhys Marshall 17. Jamie Mackintosh 18. Josh Hohneck 19. Tevita Koloamatangi 20. Liam Squire 21. Brad Webber 22. Andrew Horrell 23. James Lowe

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coach: Scott McLeod

chiefs vs highlanders Matches: 21

Chiefs win 14, Highlanders win 7

Highest scores: Chiefs: 50, Rotorua 2001 Highlanders: 38, Dunedin 2000

Biggest winning margins: Chiefs: by 31, Rotorua 2001 Highlanders: by 32, Dunedin 2000

Recent matches: 2013: 2012: 2011:

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Referee: Rohan Hoffmann AR1: Garratt Williamson AR2: Brendon Pickerill TMO: Ben Skeen

Assistant Coach: Jon Preston Assistant Coach: Tony Brown Team Manager: Graham Purvis


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2014 jersey


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.


AWA (flowing yellow kowhaiwhai)

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


ARA POUTAMA (red background)

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


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.

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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.


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.


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 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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“The Chiefs environment is hugely different. The way they go about their structures and prepare is really refreshing. The intensity is high and it is impressive,” he said. Muliaina returned to the Chiefs earlier than expected as he was recovering after his tendon came off the elbow in Japan but is ready go and with one game already under his belt, he can’t wait for the rest of the season.

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A quick line out throw-in which led to a Robbie Fruean try and All Blacks centurion and former Chiefs’ captain Mils Muliaina was back into Chiefs rugby as though he had never left. After two years playing for NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes in Japan Mils is rapt to be ‘home’. “The pace of the game was fast and the lungs were working overtime in that first 20 minutes,” said Muliaina. The opportunity to come back to New Zealand extended by the Chiefs was quickly snapped up by Muliaina who made his decision instantly and it is one he is very happy with. Muliaina said “Having worked with Smithy (Wayne Smith) and Chiefs Manager Stu Williams before, both of whom I highly respect, was another attraction to an already appealing opportunity.

“I didn’t realise how much I would miss the New Zealand style of rugby. I loved the culture and the people in Japan and it was a great experience but I am very happy to be home.”

Since Muliaina has been away things have changed at the Chiefs and it didn’t take long for him to notice them.

“He has been great, like a young kid coming into the Chiefs. He’s really excited by the environment and his experience will be huge for our group,” said Chiefs coach Dave Rennie. For the Samoan born player, it all started when his family moved to Invercargill to join other relatives when he was just two years old. The talented back began his sporting career as a four year old, playing league. He attended Surrey Park Primary School and converted to rugby at Tweedsmuir Intermediate with second five-eighth as his playing position. Muliaina fondly recalls how much he loved school, especially the sporting aspect of the educational programme, where he enthusiastically seized every opportunity to play any type of sport that was on offer. After intermediate Mils went to Cargill High School which closed down due to low numbers, so he moved to Southland Boys High where he made the 1st XV at the age of 16 and shifted to centre. In his last year he took up a scholarship at Kelston Boys High School in Auckland to join his brother and became a winger. He made the NZ Secondary Schools XV, helping his side win the 1988 world championship. He repeated the victory the following year with the World Champion Under 19 side. Muliaina was spotted at the infamous Taupiri Sevens by guru Sir Gordon Tietjens and represented New Zealand 1999 winning the Hong Kong sevens. His pathway into high honours continued with Muliaina selected to be part of the world champion NZ Colt Under 21s in both 2000 and 2001. He played for Auckland ITM Cup side as a winger in 2000, making the Blues under Gordon Hunter and Frank Oliver the following year. Success with the New Zealand Sevens team continued with the Manchester Commonwealth games in 2002.

The team won a gold medal which Mils describes as a hugely satisfying feeling. More titles followed with the Blues winning the Super Rugby championship in 2003, led by coaches Sir Graham Henry, Peter Sloane and Grant Fox with the icing on the cake the selection into the All Blacks that same year. Muliana found out he had made the All Blacks by watching the team announcement live on television. “It was an emotional time and I didn’t think that coming from Invercargill it was an achievable goal. I thought it was just a dream and then it happened, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Mils. In 2006 Muliaina moved to Chiefs Country and played for Waikato, winning the National Provincial Competition alongside Tanerau Latimer and Liam Messam. He played his first Chiefs game and in 2008 had a stint at captaining the side when Jono Gibbs was out. He took over the reigns permanently the following year, taking his side to a Super Rugby final in 2009, and racked up 100 Super Rugby matches in 2011. The 2011 Rugby World Cup was bittersweet for Muliaina. He was rapt to have made the squad and became part of an elite group of All Blacks when he notched up his 100th match in the black jersey in the quarter final against Argentina. However he injured his shoulder in the match and was out for the rest of the competition. A highlight for Muliaina was the presentation of his centurion cap by rugby icon Jock Hobbs.

“To have Jock present my cap was something I will treasure for life. He was a great man and did so much. People didn’t realise how important he was in the All Blacks environment. He was down to earth, genuine and really passionate about the guys.”

With 104 Super Rugby and 100 All Blacks matches to his name, Muliaina made the decision to go to Japan as an exit plan from rugby, but instead it made him hungrier for the game. It is that hunger for the game that he hopes to put into solid performances for his beloved Chiefs in 2014 and help the Chiefs to their goal of a 3-peat.


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