Size returns to create strong Chiefs backline

Hosea Gear

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

Dave Rennie on the hunt for another halfback

Dave Rennie

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

Chiefs snap up Bryce Heem and Sean Polwart

Bryce Heem

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

Graham returning to Chiefs as props recruited

Mitchell Graham

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

Chiefs take time to relax 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.

Wayne Smith may take a year off from Chiefs

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' Rennie calling for fairer referee scrutiny

Glen Jackson

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

Brumbies more attacking this year, says Smith

Wayne Smith

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

Odds suit the Chiefs more this time in Canberra

 Liam Messam

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

Chiefs battle in rain, seal Super playoffs spot

Brodie Retallick

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

Ben Tameifuna commits his future to Chiefs

Ben Tameifuna

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

Last chance for Chiefs to turn season around

Aaron Cruden

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

Tom Marshall set to start at fullback for Chiefs

Tom Marshall

EVAN PEGDEN - Waikato Times

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

Chiefs clean house with backline for Hurricanes

Aaron Cruden

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

Chiefs only win away from turnaround

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 to light up gloom

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

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

Chiefs' Super Rugby 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 Robinson clues up new Chiefs recruit

Damian McKenzie

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

Chiefs forced to tweak Highlanders 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 against Highlanders

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 for the woeful Chiefs

Aaron Cruden

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

Waratahs upset Chiefs' Super Rugby dream

Jacques Potgieter

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

Yalden: Written-off 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 half-centurion 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 set for tough challenge from Waratahs

Dave Rennie

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

Chiefs ring changes for must-win match

Aaron Cruden

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

Centre Charlie Ngatai re-signs with the Chiefs

Charlie Ngatai

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

Chiefs have to repeat their 2013 bounce-back

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 for Chiefs, says Rennie

Gareth Anscombe

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

Tim Nanai-Williams re-signs with the Chiefs

Tim Nanai-Williams

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

Centrestage awaits rising star 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.

Tough opponents to come for champion 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.

Chiefs prop makes new fans in New Plymouth

Ben Tameifuna of the Chiefs.

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

Chiefs' title hat-trick bid gets 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 win at new 'home' New Plymouth

Aaron Cruden

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

Prop Pauliasi Manu gets a 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 team to face Blues

Bundee Aki

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

Chiefs ready to roll up sleeves for battle

Liam Messam

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

No contract 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.

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.

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.

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 for Crusaders

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.

Marshall backs the Chiefs to step up

Rhys Marshall

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

Glimpses of form not good enough: Rennie

Augustine Pulu

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

Payne revels in Super chance for Chiefs

Jordan Payne

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

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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