Elliot extends Chiefs stay

Date published: June 18 2015

The Chiefs have secured the future of another key player with news hooker Hika Elliot has signed a new two-year deal.

The 29-year-old All Black has extended his deal, following in the footsteps of Sam Cane, who also committed his future to the side this week.

And he will now be able to turn his attention to the Chiefs' Super Rugby qualifier against the Highlanders, which will be his 100th game of Super Rugby.

Elliot has impressed this season and is in contention to make the All Blacks' Test squad after a three-year absence at Test level.

"Hika is in the form of his life and is a highly influential part of our culture. The experience, skill, leadership and passion he brings to our club is hugely valuable," said Chiefs coach Dave Rennie.

Meanwhile Elliot, who has recovered from a major neck injury that threatened his career, feels he has plenty still to give to New Zealand rugby.

He said: "I have unfinished business in New Zealand. The enjoyment of my rugby has gone up another level and I think that is because after my injury I have a new appreciation for how lucky I am to be in this sport. 

"My body feels like it did when I was 20 years old and I just want to do the best I can for my family, team and community."