Rugby: ABs trio re-sign with Chiefs

Liam Messam and Chiefs teammates Sam Cane and Tawera Kerr-Barlow have resigned with New Zealand Rugby until 2015. Photo / Getty
Liam Messam and Chiefs teammates Sam Cane and Tawera Kerr-Barlow have resigned with New Zealand Rugby until 2015. Photo / Getty

All Blacks Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Tawera Kerr-Barlow have all re-signed with New Zealand Rugby and their Chiefs franchise through until 2015.

The re-signing of the trio is a continuing boost for New Zealand Rugby with a large group of players now committed through to the Rugby World Cup year and beyond.

Loose forward Messam, who this year co-captained the Chiefs to back to back victories in the Super 15, said his decision to re-sign was easy to make.

"It was the right time and place for my family to stay," the 29-year-old said. "I love playing my rugby for the Chiefs as well as the All Blacks and there is no other place I'd want to be right now than here in New Zealand."

Fellow loosie Sam Cane, 21, added: "I am a proud Chiefs man and also love wearing the black jersey and playing for my country. The coaching staffs and group of guys I play with in both teams certainly makes the future very exciting."

Kerr-Barlow, 23, was similarly content with his decision, calling his involvement with the All Blacks a dream come true.

"I know I have to work hard to maintain my spot, firstly in the Chiefs and to push for further opportunities in the All Blacks.

"I have access to the best coaches in the world and am really enjoying all the environments that the variety of New Zealand rugby offers. I still have a lot to learn and feel this is the best place for me to do that."

One man who will provide some of the teaching was rapt the trio had committed their futures.

"The three players are outstanding men all in their own right and all bring something special to the group," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. "Liam is a natural leader and key member of the All Blacks, while Sam and Tawera have also impressed us since coming into the All Blacks in the past two years."

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