Size returns to Chiefs backs

Hosea Gear

Sonny Bill Williams, Seta Tamanivalu, Hosea Gear, James Lowe and Bryce Heem make for a big back division.

Rennie seeks another halfback

Dave Rennie

Dave Rennie is bringing Michael Leitch back. Now he just needs another halfback.

Chiefs recruit two more players

Bryce Heem

NZ sevens player Bryce Heem and Auckland loose forward Sean Polwart added to Dave Rennie's squad.

Chiefs bolster front row

Mitchell Graham

New signing from Taranaki is originally from Putaruru and is one of two new front rowers, a lock and a centre.

'Time to chill out and reflect'

Chiefs co-captain Liam Messam

There was no victory parade for the Chiefs, but that didn't stop them raising a glass to another hard-fought season.

Smith may take a year off

Wayne Smith

A year off from his coaching duties at the Chiefs is an option assistant coach Wayne Smith might be contemplating, but not necessarily to rejoin the All Blacks.

Chiefs call for fair shake

Glen Jackson

Coach Dave Rennie claims referees having been taking preconceived ideas about his team into matches.

Brumbies have improved: Smith

Wayne Smith

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith says the Brumbies are more attack-oriented under coach Stephen Larkham.

Odds suit Chiefs more this time

 Liam Messam

The last time the Chiefs went to Canberra to play the Brumbies they came back reeling from a thumping.

Chiefs seal playoff spot

Brodie Retallick

Chiefs will appear in the Super Rugby playoffs for the third year in a row, thanks to their defence.

Chiefs extend Tameifuna deal

Ben Tameifuna

Powerful front-rower delights coach Dave Rennie by signing with defending champions for another year.

Chiefs in last chance saloon

Aaron Cruden

The Chiefs can still force their way into the Super Rugby playoffs, but it is now or never.

Chiefs clean house with backline

Aaron Cruden

All Black Aaron Cruden is the only player who keeps his spot in the Chiefs' starting backline this week.

Marshall to start at fullback

Tom Marshall

EVAN PEGDEN - Waikato Times

Former Crusader back in No 15 jersey for tomorrow night's final home game against the Hurricanes.

Chiefs: The belief is still there

Team needs to get out there and prove it - Smith

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith figures the Chiefs need nine points from their final two games for a shot at making playoffs.

Chiefs look for some sparks

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

The Chiefs have questions to answer as their Super Rugby season hangs on a knife edge.

Chiefs three-peat on thin ice

Liam Squire

The Chiefs' chances of a Super Rugby three-peat look to be coming to an end after a 29-25 defeat in Dunedin.

Cousin clues up recruit

Damian McKenzie

Damian McKenzie has had plenty of good advice from the player he has replaced at the Chiefs.

Chiefs forced to tweak game plan

Sam Cane

Back-to-back losses going into the international break have forced the Chiefs to make changes to their game.

Chiefs seek better balance

Jamie Mackintosh

The Chiefs are preparing for a fast-paced game under the roof in Dunedin when they return to Super Rugby action.

Cruden's worst game

Aaron Cruden

Captain labelled it his worst performance in a Chiefs jersey and he was not getting any arguments from his coach.

Waratahs upset Super Dream

Jacques Potgieter

Super Rugby three-peat goal in tatters for Chiefs after 33-17 loss to Waratahs in New Plymouth.

Chiefs set for tough challenge

Dave Rennie

A few weeks ago the Chiefs pegged the Hurricanes and Waratahs as their two toughest opponents lying in wait.

Cane calls for collective effort

Sam Cane

Chiefs' Sam Cane is ready to take on long-time rival Michael Hooper when he celebrates his 50th Super Rugby match.

Chiefs a dangerous beast


NIGEL YALDEN - Waikato Times

OPINION: Make no bones about it: the Chiefs face their biggest challenge of the Dave Rennie-era in New Plymouth this evening and it comes from within.

Chiefs ring the changes

Aaron Cruden

The Chiefs have made eight changes for Saturday's must-win Super Rugby home game against the Waratahs in New Plymouth.

Ngatai inks new deal

Charlie Ngatai

Charlie Ngatai will call Hamilton home for at least another two years after signing a new deal with the Chiefs.

Beaten Chiefs 'been here before'

Cory Jane and Tim Nanai-Williams

Chiefs ready to be written off by rivals after walloping by the Hurricanes, but coach Rennie has other ideas.

It comes down to attitude

Gareth Anscombe

Yes, the Chiefs are starting to move nicely into the business end of the Super Rugby season.

Nanai-Williams re-signs

Tim Nanai-Williams

Chiefs midfielder extends his Super Rugby contract with the Chiefs until the end of 2015.

Centrestage awaits Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa

Of the five rookies named in the All Blacks training squad last week, Malakai Fekitoa appears best placed to survive the cut.

Chiefs prop makes new fans

Ben Tameifuna of the Chiefs.

Two-try effort endears Chiefs prop to new Taranaki fans, earning him rapturous applause when subbed.

Tough tests to come for Chiefs

Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith

Two tough matches ahead for Chiefs have coach Rennie worried, but he's buoyed by return of key players.

Title hat-trick back on track

Tim Nanai-Williams

The Chiefs make statement in their bid to win three straight Super Rugby titles with a 32-20 win over the Blues.

Chiefs need 'home' win

Aaron Cruden

The Chiefs need to quickly establish New Plymouth as home territory if they are to extend the Blues' road win drought.

Manu gets taste for right stuff

Pauliasi Manu

Chiefs prop Pauliasi Manu has never started against his old Blues team but always had an appetite for the Super Rugby local derby.

Chiefs change three for Blues

Bundee Aki

The Chiefs have made three personnel changes to their starting XV to face the Blues in New Plymouth.

Chiefs ready for battle

Liam Messam

Don't write us off just yet, say Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith and skipper Liam Messam.

No extension for Muliaina

Mils Muliaina, Chiefs

The Chiefs had not been prepared to offer former All Black Mils Muliaina an early contract extension that might have stopped him going overseas.

Sweeney sweats on Super return

dwayne sweeney

Dwayne Sweeney reckons he hasn't been so nervous before a game for at least three years.

Chiefs need try expansion


If the Chiefs are to shoot for a three-peat of titles they have to find a way to do it against non-South African teams.

Chiefs better but still lacking fluidity


The Chiefs rediscovered their try-scoring mojo with six touchdowns.

Harris grabs his chance with both hands

Chiefs hooker Nathan Harris

Nathan Harris has come a long way in a short space of time this season.

Chiefs need wins before the bye


The Chiefs are at a crossroads in their season after losing their Super Rugby New Zealand Conference lead and head coach Dave Rennie says the next two weeks will be crucial.

Chiefs make six changes

Liam Messam

The Chiefs have made six changes to their team to take on the Crusaders in Hamilton.

Retallick likely to get green light

Brodie Retallick

Chiefs two-metre lock Brodie Retallick is confident he will be cleared to play for the Chiefs against the Crusaders.

Payne revels in Super chance

Jordan Payne

Jordan Payne is living the dream after a 34-minute cameo on debut for the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Marshall backs Chiefs to step up

Rhys Marshall

Look for the Chiefs to step up in the next few weeks after a run of incomplete performances.

Rennie wants more from Chiefs

Augustine Pulu

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie says it's time his side put their foot down in Super Rugby 2014.

Chiefs lineup against the Rebels

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie makes eight changes to his starting lineup against the Rebels this weekend.

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