Unwanted Jamie Mackintosh to join Chiefs

04:23, Jul 02 2013
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Lima Sopoaga lines up a kick during the Highlanders opening round game against the Chiefs.
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Highlanders captain Hosea Gear dives over for a try during his side's opening round loss to the Chiefs.
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Ma'a Nonu fends off a tackle during round one of Super Rugby.
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Nasi Manu makes a break during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs.
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Brad Thorn of the Highlanders is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs.
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Jake Paringatai of the Highlanders is tackled by Cheetahs players.
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Brad Thorn of the Highlanders is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs.
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Frans Viljoen of the Cheetahs is tackled.
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Kade Poki scoing the first try for the Highlanders.
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Hosea Gear makes a break during the Highlanders loss to the Hurricanes.
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Hurricanes No 12 Tim Bateman attempts a tackled on Jason Emery of the Highlanders.
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Highlanders replacement halfback Fumiaki Tanaka looks to clear the ball during the loss to the Hurricanes.
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Aaron Smith clears the ball during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton.
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Kade Poki makes a break against the Chiefs.
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Ma'a Nonu gets caught in a tackle during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs.
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Elliot Dixon tries to break through a Chiefs tackle.
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The Highlanders hang their heads on the final whistle during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders kicks a penalty during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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James Horwill of the Reds is tackled by Aaron Smith of the Highlanders during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders scores a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Jamie Mackintosh and Andrew Hore watch on as the Highlanders lose their sixth game on the trot.
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Brad Thorn is tackled during the Highlanders' 29-18 loss to the Blues.
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Mose Tuiali'i is tackled by the Blues' James Parsons.
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Ma'a Nonu's shoulder charge on Piri Weepu earned him 10 in the bin.
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Hosea Gear scores what would become a disallowed try as the Highlanders slumped to another loss against the Brumbies.
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Brad Thorn shows his disappointment after the loss to the Brumbies.
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TJ Ioane makes a charge against the Brumbies.
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Jamie Mackintosh gets an extra push from his teammates.
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Ma'a Nonu charges ahead against the Crusaders.
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Brad Thorn snares Luke Romano in a tackle.
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Aaron Smith fires off a clearing pass.
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The Highlanders warm up at AMI Stadium in Christchurch ahead of their clash with the Crusaders.
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Brad Thorn thanks the crowd after playing his 100th Super Rugby game in the Highlanders win over the Sharks.
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Highlanders fullback Ben Smith.
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Tamati Ellison warms up prior to the Highlanders clash with the Sharks.
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Josh Bekhuis on the charge against the Sharks.
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Ben Smith gets a pass off during the Highlanders loss to the Southern Kings.
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Hosea Gear attempts to break through the tackles of the Kings.
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Aaron Smith feeds the scrum.
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A dejected Andrew Hore after his sides loss to the Kings.
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Colin Slade takes a chip kick against the Bulls.
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Tamati Ellison talks to teammate Jason Emery during the loss to the Bulls.
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Aaron Smith clears the ball during the Highlanders' loss to the Bulls.
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Pierre Spies of the Bulls slips through several Highlanders tackles to score.
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Brad Thorn looks disconsolate after the loss to the Western Force.
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Liam Coltman charges into Kyle Godwin of the Western Force.
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Mose Tuiali'i on the charge against the Western Force.
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Hosea Gear is taken in the tackle of Western Force's Ben Jacobs.
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Highlander Brad Thorn and Brendon O'Connor of the Blues contest a lineout during the Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Dunedin.
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Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders flings a pass wide to get the backline moving.
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Ben Smith makes a telling break for the Highlanders against the Blues.
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Highlanders wing Hosea Gear gets away from Blues openside Luke Braid.
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Willi Heinz of the Crusaders is tackled by Ben Smith of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
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Tom Marshall of the Crusaders is dumped by Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
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Highlanders player Ben Smith jumping in the air for the ball with Crusaders Matt Todd & Dan Carter.
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Highlanders player Hosea Gear being tackled by Crusaders players Dan Carter (left) & George Whitelock.
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Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders is tackled by Kade Poki of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
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Aaron Smith of the Highlanders celebrates after scoring a try during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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Hosea Gear of the Highlanders in action during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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Joe Wheeler, Brad Thorn and Jake Pringatai of the Highlanders celebrate at the final whistle after their game with the Hurricanes.
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Josh Bekhuis of the Highlanders goes for the high ball during their game against the Hurricanes.
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TJ Ioane on the charge for the Highlanders against the Rebels.
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Josh Bekhuis fends off the tackle of Melbourne's Laurie Weeks.
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The dejected Highlanders look on after Melbourne scored a late match-winning try.
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Bryce Hegarty goes in to score the match-winning try for Melbourne.

The Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Highlanders and Southland prop Jamie Mackintosh for the next two years.

After debuting back in 2007 against the Western Force, the 28 year old has gone on to earn 62 Super Rugby caps for the Highlanders prior to this season and will head north next year looking for a fresh start.

The announcement comes after the former Highlanders captain struggled to find game time down south, appearing five times this season despite being available and injury-free, with coach Jamie Joseph preferring to go with All Black Tony Woodcock in the No 1 jersey throughout the season.

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Liam Messam tries to avoid the tackle of Ma'a Nonu during his side's opening round win over the Highlanders.
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Patrick Osborne dives over for a try against the Highlanders.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow clears the ball during the Chiefs' win over the Highlanders.
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Gareth Anscombe gets caught in a tackle on his Chiefs debut against the Highlanders.
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Gareth Anscombe goes over to score for the Chiefs against the Cheetahs.
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Tim Nanai-Williams tries to evade a tackler.
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Liam Messam on the charge.
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Brodie Retallick gets an offload away.
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Stormers wing Bryan Habana is tackled during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and the Chiefs.
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Sam Cane charges headlong into the Stormers' defence.
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Tanerau Latimer looks to spread the ball wide.
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Liam Messam charges ahead for the Chiefs.
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Andrew Horrell makes a break for the Chiefs during their bonus point win over the Southern Kings.
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Lelia Masaga makes a run during his triple-try scoring effort against the Kings.
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Hika Elliot in action against the Southern Kings.
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Liam Messam gets his side fired up during his 100th Super Rugby game for the Chiefs against the Southern Kings.
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Liam Messam receives a greenstone mere from former Chiefs coach Ian Foster during a special presentation to celebrate his 100th game for the Chiefs.
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Liam Messam fans show some love for the Chiefs co-captain's 100th game celebrations.
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Richard Kahui makes a break in his return for the Chiefs during their win over the Highlanders.
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Aaron Cruden fends off Highlanders counterpart Colin Slade.
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Tim Nanai-Williams is congratulated after scoring the Chiefs' only try in their win over the Highlanders.
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Andrew Horrell comes up just short in his dive for the try line.
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Michael Fitzgerald of the Chiefs charges forward during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Bay Park.
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Richard Kahui of the Chiefs dives over to score a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Bay Park.
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Aaron Cruden with the ball during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Bay Park.
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Richard Kahui on the charge during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Bay Park.
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The Reds' Quade Cooper is tackled by the Chiefs' Aaron Cruden during their clash in Hamilton.
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Chief Bundee Aki goes over to score a try against the Reds in Hamilton.
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Gareth Anscombe streaks away from the Waratahs defence.
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Sitaleki Timani receives a yellow card.
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Aaron Cruden spins it wide against the Waratahs.
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The Chiefs huddle under the posts after conceding a try to the Waratahs.
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Bundee Aki dives over for a try during the Chiefs win over the Sharks at Waikato Stadium.
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Asaeli Tikoirotuma attempts to break through a Sharks tackle.
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Ben Tameifuna on the charge against the Sharks.
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Liam Messam helps carry the load against the Sharks in Hamilton.
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Gareth Anscombe goes in to score against the Melbourne Rebels.
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Sam Cane (second from left) is congratulated by team-mates after scoring against the Melbourne Rebels.
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Brendon Leonard (right) takes on his opposite number Nick Phipps of the Melbourne Rebels.
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Bundee Aki celebrates after scoring a try against the Melbourne Rebels.
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Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs competes for a high ball against Kyle Godwin of the Force.
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Ben McCalman of the Force is tackled by Matt Vant Leven during their Round 13 Super Rugby clash.
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Brett Sheehan watches the Force and Chiefs packs contest a scrum.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow spins it wide against the Hurricanes.
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Liam Messam charges into the gap for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes.
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Prop Ben Afeaki charges into the open for the Chiefs.
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Aaron Cruden gets a kick away under pressure from Hurricanes lock Ben May.
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Aaron Cruden goes in to score the opening try against the Crusaders.
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Tanerau Latimer (left) and Tawera Kerr-Barlow wrap up George Whitelock of the Crusaders.
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Robbie Robinson in action against the Crusaders.
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Liam Messam charges ahead against the Crusaders.
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A see of Chiefs flags welcomes the NZ conference leaders ahead of their game against the Hurricanes.
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Matt Vant Leven climbs high to win a lineout against the Hurricanes.
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Tim Nanai-Williams attempts to bust through the Hurricanes defence.
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Lelia Masaga makes a break against the Hurricanes, with Matt Vant Leven in support.
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Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs runs with the ball into defender Tom Marshall of the Crusaders during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs.
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Aseli Tikoirotuma of the Chiefs runs with the ball during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs.
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Aseli Tikoirotuma of the Chiefs celebrates his try with Ben Tameifuna during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs.
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Ross Filipo of the Chiefs tackles Dan Carter of the Crusaders after a kick in the Crusaders in goal during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs.
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Andrew Horrell in action for the Chiefs in their regular season finale win over the Blues.
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Ben Tameifuna on the charge for the Chiefs.
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Bundee Aki scores at full stretch against the Blues.
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Aaron Cruden converts a try during the Chiefs' win over the Blues.
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Liam Messam takes on the Crusaders defence.
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Lelia Masaga has a cut at the Crusaders defence.
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Asaeli Tikoirotuma is downed by Owen Franks.
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Fans in full voice as the Chiefs take on the Crusaders.

''I guess I've been in a bit of a spot down here, I've mentioned a few times it's been a tough year. I think off the field I've done everything I can to give my best for the Highlanders and on the field I've played some pretty good rugby, but I just couldn't see myself coming back for another year just for an opportunity at game time.'' Mackintosh said about leaving the Highlanders franchise who he had been involved with since 2004.

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie is thrilled to have Mackintosh coming aboard and viewed the him as someone who was well respected and passionate about his rugby, but also believed the addition of Southland skipper was a great signing for the franchise.

''[Jamie] brings with him not only experience but really strong leadership skills and so he'll be a massive contributor both on and off the field we believe.''

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Jamie Mackintosh
CHIEFS TARGET: Unwanted Highlanders prop Jamie Mackintosh has signed with the Chiefs for next season.

The news of Mackintosh's signing is set to bolster the Chiefs stocks at prop further with current players Pauliasi Manu and Ben Tameifuna both re-signing.

With Toby Smith departing for the Melbourne Rebels at the end of the season, the man known as 'Whopper' looks likely to fill the void at loosehead prop.

''It's not that easy to pick up guys of Jamie's experience so the timing was right and it's a good opportunity for him,'' Rennie said also highlighting from next season onwards there would be 23 players in the playing squad with the addition of an extra prop on the bench.

''It was real obvious, it was a really great opportunity within our mix for him and I know he's excited by it and we're certainly rapt to grab him.''

Rennie was unable to comment on whether there had been any further signings as plans for the 2014 Chiefs roster begin to take shape.

But with names like All Black fullback Israel Dagg and fellow Crusaders teammate Tom Marshall rumoured to be in negotiations, the Chiefs coach said he was hopeful some of the current squad would aim to re-sign with the defending Super Rugby champions.

''We're obvously trying to fill our roster for next year, so with some of our boys who are in our squad now who have got contracts in front of them so they'll hopefully sign in the near future and then it's similar with some guys who we're looking at to replace some of the guys who are leaving.

''There will certainly be some more announcements coming up but not at the moment,'' Rennie said.

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