Retallick, Crockett commit to New Zealand
The news just keeps getting better for the Chiefs.
On the back of their fifth win from six starts this season, All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has committed himself to the reigning Super Rugby champions and the New Zealand Rugby Union for the next two years.
The 21-year-old, who played 13 tests in his rookie year for the All Blacks last year, was a vital cog in the Chiefs' title-winning effort last year and was keen to remain with a franchise that had "good structures, great people and a culture that has really encouraged my game to develop".
Retallick also joins Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett in committing to the NZRU until after the 2015 World Cup.
Crockett has re-signed with the Canterbury franchise that he has played more than 100 Super Rugby matches for since his first in 2006.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is thrilled to have secured the 2.04m tall Retallick's services for another two years.
"He had a massive season last year and established himself as a huge part of our success. He has all of the important attributes that we value highly at the Chiefs," Rennie said of the rookie.
"He is a good bugger, gutsy and works hard for the team and is a type of player we can build a team around over the next few years."
Crockett, 30, who has played 11 tests since 2009, said he had unfinished business at the top level, a big factor in his decision to stay in New Zealand.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said: "Wyatt and Brodie are both quality men and quality rugby players and it's fantastic that they have put their hands up and said 'we want to stay', especially as we know they have the choice to play their footy elsewhere.
"Their re-signing is great for New Zealand rugby and great for the All Blacks."
Retallick and Crockett are among 18 current or recent All Blacks to have re-committed with the NZRU. That group includes captain Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Conrad Smith, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ben and Owen Franks, and Tony Woodcock.