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Chiefs re-sign Thompson, Filipo

11th October 2013 07:27


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Kane Thompson: Returns to Hamilton

The Chiefs have re-signed former forward duo Kane Thompson and Ross Filipo for the 2014 season.

Thirty-one year old number eight and lock Thompson returns to the Chiefs after missing the 2013 season while in Japan with the Canon Eagles. Wellington second row Filipo extends his time with the Chiefs, having been with the side last season.

Dave Rennie appreciates the experience the Super Rugby winning duo will offer his side.

"Both of these players are bloody good men and quality players who have international experience," he told the Chiefs' official website.

"We have had a lot of Chiefs' caps head overseas, so their experience will be invaluable."

Filipo is looking forward to another season with the current champions.

"The Chiefs are a perfect fit for my family and I," he said.

"We love the Chiefs culture, the team environment and I thoroughly enjoyed the environment, work ethic and attention to detail from the coaches," said the youthful thirty-four year old.

Filipo has played 4 Tests and one tour game for the All Blacks and has been part of the Maori All Blacks since 2005. Filipo played two matches for the Chiefs, 45 for the Crusaders and 60 for Wellington in the ITM Cup. He has also played for Bayonne in France and Wasps in England.

Kane Thompson has played 26 games for Samoa, 13 for the Chiefs and 15 for the Highlanders. He has played ITM Cup for Southland, Hawke's Bay and Wellington. Thompson also played for US DAX in France.

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