Captain Crosswell now a Chief


Manawatu captain Nick Crosswell will play his Super Rugby for the champion Chiefs next year, linking up with former Turbos coach Dave Rennie and star first-five Aaron Cruden.

The 26-year-old has signed with the Hamilton-based franchise for two years.

Crosswell is a loose forward who has played almost 100 first class games and has had more than 30 Super rugby appearances.

He has represented NZ Secondary Schools, NZ U19 and is entering his seventh provincial union season.

He has the Hurricanes and most recently the Highlanders.

"Nick brings with him a wealth of experience and strong leadership skills," said Rennie.

"He is a hard working, abrasive player and the type of character that will fit perfectly into the Chiefs family."

Crosswell said Rennie had palyed a huge part developing his career and he was rapt to be reunited with his former coach.

"I'm just really stoked to have the chance to play in a team that has had so much success this year."

Former Hurricanes and Wellington midfield back Charlie Ngatai has also signed with the Chiefs.

The two newest additions to the Chiefs will go head-to-head tomorrow night in their opening ITM Cup clash, when Manawatu host Wellington at Palmerston North.

Manawatu Standard