Rookie Chiefs recruit Rhys Marshall's first taste of national provincial championship rugby will be in Taranaki colours next year.
The New Zealand under-20 rake was a surprise selection in coach Dave Rennie's Chiefs squad today having never played a NPC match.
His season post the the national age-group side was confined to turning out for the Hawke's Bay colts.
Born and bred in Taranaki, the son of former representative flanker Ian, Marshall has been enrolled at an agricultural college in Hawke's Bay.
He was unavailable for comment today as he was busy docking lambs in a remote part of the Bay where cellphone coverage was non-existent.
Tenderlink Taranaki coach Colin Cooper confirmed that Marshall had signed on for the next two seasons, a deal that was done during the season.
''He's New Zealand under-20, he's local and he ticked all the boxes for what we were looking for,'' he said.
- Taranaki Daily News
Testing drugs on animals is:Related story: Animal tests 'key' to brain disease cures