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Chiefs re-sign six of their current SuperRugby squad

Gareth Anscombe has extended with the Chiefs for next year

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Article Published: Sunday 23 June 2013

Current Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have confirmed that they have re-signed six of their current players from their squad for the upcoming Super Rugby seasons.

Utility back Gareth Anscombe and prop Ben Tameifuna have re committed until 2014 while back, Andrew Horrell and hooker Rhys Marshall, prop Pauliasi Manu and lock Michael Fitzgerald have all re-signed until 2015.

Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie said "They are all good players but more importantly, good men. We've been really impressed with the contribution these men have made to our club and are rapt they are committing beyond this year."

Popular prop Ben Tameifuna is proud to call Chiefs country home. "The coaching and the support the Chiefs environment provides is the best I have come across and they know how to get the best out of their players," said Tameifuna.

Gareth Anscombe is grateful for the faith the defending champions have shown in him and New Zealand's Super Rugby top point scorer has excelled in the Chiefs environment.

The first five-eight who has spent much of the season playing out of position at fullback is rapt to have been offered a contract.

"I am really enjoying the culture and the challenging environment which I believed has really helped grow my game and my confidence," said Anscombe.

The Chiefs snapped up former NZ U20s hooker Rhys Marshall and identified the twenty year old as being a player with great potential. Due to injury Marshall was given his first start prior to playing any ITM Cup matches and the twenty year old has reveled in the game time he has received this year.

The Smedly Agricultural College graduate said, "The culture, the coaching staff and the opportunities I have already been given were key factors in my decision."

The Chiefs next home game will be against the Hurricanes on Friday at Waikato Stadium.

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