The Chiefs have announced the signing of two familiar faces for the 2014 season, leaving just a third halfback and Sonny Bill Williams or another midfield back to complete their squad.
The back-to-back Super Rugby champions have re-signed former Chiefs No8/lock Kane Thompson and Wellington lock Ross Filipo for one season.
Thirty-one year old Thompson returns to the Chiefs after a season in Japan with the Canon Eagles while Filipo extends his time with the Chiefs having been with the side last season.
Dave Rennie appreciates the experience the 1.98m Investec Super Rugby winning duo will offer his side.
"Both of these players are bloody good men and quality players who have international experience,'' said Rennie in statement.
''We have had a lot of Chiefs' caps head overseas, so their experience will be invaluable."
Filipo is looking forward to another season with the current champions.
"The Chiefs are a perfect fit for my family and I. We love the Chiefs culture, the team environment and I thoroughly enjoyed the environment, work ethic and attention to detail from the coaches," Filipo, 34, said.
The 114kg lock has played four tests and one other game for the All Blacks and has been part of the Maori All Blacks since 2005.
Filipo, who was troubled by injuries this year, played just two matches for the Chiefs, but has previously played 45 for the Crusaders and 60 for Wellington. He has also played for Bayonne in France and Wasps in England.
Thompson is 113kg and has played 26 games for Samoa, 13 games for the Chiefs and 15 for the Highlanders. He has played ITM Cup for Southland, Hawke's Bay and Wellington. Thompson also played for US Dax in France.
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