The Chiefs have announced that Alex Nankivell, Sean Wainui and Liam Polwart have extended their contracts until the end of 2020.
The trio have been key contributors to the Chiefs’ run to a seventh quarter-final in as many years. It is something of a sensational story for Wainui, who was without a Super Rugby contract at the beginning of the season.
But after an injury crisis pervaded the Chiefs squad, coach Colin Cooper brought in his old Taranaki winger, who has impressed since his arrival, scoring six tries in 13 appearances for the Hamilton outfit.
“We are glad to announce that Alex Nankivell, Liam Polwart, and Sean Wainui have all recently signed two year contracts with the Chiefs Rugby Club, until the end of the 2020 Investec Super Rugby season,” the statement reads.
Taranaki Rugby Football Union CEO Jeremy Parkinson said of young midfielder Wainui, “Taranaki Rugby Football Union are delighted to align with the Chiefs and secure the services of Sean Wainui for a further two years.”
“Sean joined the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls in 2014 and has played 34 times for the province including being part of the history making 2017 Ranfurly Shield winning team that beat Canterbury in Christchurch last October.”
Bay of Plenty CEO Mike Rogers said of Polwart, “It is great to have Liam commit through to the end of the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup season. He is a part of a strong group of players that have and will continue to make a strong contribution to rugby in the Bay of Plenty. He has grown as a player since making his debut in 2016 for the Bay of Plenty Steamers as demonstrated by being a current Maori All Black.”