Dave Rennie unsure about Hurrell's intentions

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 04/05/2014
Konrad Hurrell
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SITUATION UNKNOWN: Coach Dave Rennie says the Chiefs have not had any discussions with unhappy Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell but speculation is rife he is set to join the two-time defending Super Rugby champions.

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The prospect of Warriors star Konrad Hurrell joining the Chiefs remains in its infancy, according to Chiefs coach Dave Rennie.

Speculation surfaced yesterday that Hurrell was set to walkout on the Warriors and switch to the defending champion Chiefs.

Rennie confirmed the franchise was genuinely interested in signing the power-packed Tongan dynamo but quickly quashed suggestions a code switch was definitely on the cards.

"Tuesday morning we had a discussion around contracting and Konrad Hurrell's name was mentioned," Rennie told Fairfax Media after the Chiefs bonus point 38-8 win over the Lions in Hamilton last night.

"We haven't spoken to him. I'm not sure whether his agent is trying to get a bit of interest around or not.

"He'd certainly be of interest but we've got a number of players of interest, including guys we want to re-sign. There's nothing concrete.

"It's like all guys, he's got to want to be a Chief. He's incredibly powerful and has got some attractive qualities but he's got to want to play rugby and want to come here.

"I'd imagine he'd have some options to stay with the Warriors and there will be a couple of league teams chasing him. It's certainly in its infancy at this stage."

Rennie believed Hurrell could be successful in a number of backline roles in rugby union.

"He's played a lot of centre and could obviously play wing but we're still juggling around all sorts of numbers," he said in reference to squad size.

The Chiefs mentor also revealed midfielder Robbie Fruean was eyeing a comeback after heart complications against the Hurricanes in Wellington on May 24.

Fruean is hopeful of turning out for the Chiefs development team in the next two weeks.

"We're pretty keen to see how Robbie Fruean comes through the next few weeks in regards to his future long-term.

"He'll need to play a game before he comes back to us. He could potentially be available for the Hurricanes."

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