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Chiefs extend six players' contracts

25th June 2013 10:10

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Gareth Anscombe: Committed until 2014

The Chiefs have announced that they have extended the contracts of six current players for the upcoming seasons.

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

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is excited that the players will stay on at the Hamilton-based franchise.

"They are all good players but more importantly, good men," he said.

"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 fly-half who has spent much of the season playing out of position at full-back is delighted 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 signed former NZ U20 hooker Rhys Marshall and identified the 20-year-old as a player with great potential.

Due to injury Marshall was given his first start prior to playing any ITM Cup matches and he has reveled in the game time he has received this year.

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

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