Unwanted Jamie Mackintosh to join Chiefs

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

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.

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

''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.''

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