Chiefs sign Taranaki duo

Date published: October 9 2014

The Chiefs have completed the signings of Taranaki prop Mitchell Graham and centre or wing Seta Tamanivalu for the next two years.

The Chiefs have secured the signings of Taranaki loosehead prop Mitchell Graham and centre or winger Seta Tamanivalu for the next two years.

23-year-old Graham, who grew up in Putaruru, earns his first Super Rugby contract after impressing for the ‘Naki during 2014’s ITM Cup.

“It is great to have the opportunity to play Super Rugby for my home team,” he told the Chiefs website about his big switch to the franchise.

“From what I have heard and seen, it is a great team culture and I am looking forward to being part of it.”

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie added: “We like what we’ve seen from Mitchell who has developed quickly in the Taranaki system. He is a smart kid and a quick learner who is prepared to work hard and make some physical shifts.”

Meanwhile, centre Tamanivalu is also looking forward to possible Super Rugby action in the 2015 season and feels New Zealand is the best place for him to learn to play rugby.

“I decided to come to the Chiefs because I like the environment and the coaching staff,” he said. “They are a very successful team and it is something I want to be a part of.”

Rennie added: “Seta is the form centre in the ITM Cup. He’s a powerful ball carrier who’s been difficult to contain and a huge contributor to Taranaki’s success. Seta’s a good man who knows our environment and will slip back in seamlessly.”