Rugby: Seven new recruits in Chiefs squad

The defending champion Chiefs have named their 2013 Super 15 squad this morning which includes five current All Blacks and little surprises.

Aaron Cruden, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Liam Messam and Tawera Kerr-Barlow are the only Chiefs who will tour Europe with the All Blacks but the squad also includes seven members of the New Zealand Maori squad.

2011 All Black Richard Kahui will also return from injury for the 2013 season.

The Chiefs re-signed many of their players during the 2012 season adding seven new recruits in Auckland first-five Gareth Anscombe, Manawatu loose forward Nick Crosswell, Wellington loosie Ross Filipo, Taranaki hooker Rhys Marshall, Wellington midfield back Charlie Ngatai, Canterbury winger Patrick Osborne and Wellington prop Solomona Sakalia.

The Chiefs open next year's competition in Dunedin against the Highlanders on 22 February.

Their first home game is a week later against the Cheetahs in Hamilton. The franchise confirmed today that the Chiefs will also play home matches in Tauranga (30 March v Blues) and Pukekohe (10 May v Western Force).

Chiefs 2013 squad

Ben Afeaki (North Harbour)

Bundee Aki (Counties Manukau)

Gareth Anscombe (Auckland)

Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty)

Craig Clarke (Taranaki)

Nick Crosswell (Manawatu)

Aaron Cruden (Manawatu)

Hikawera Elliot (Hawke's Bay)

Ross Filipo (Wellington)

Mike Fitzgerald (Manawatu)

Romana Graham (Waikato)

Josh Hohneck (Bay of Plenty)

Andrew Horrell (Hawke's Bay)

Richard Kahui (Waikato)

Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato)

Tanerau Latimer (Bay of Plenty)

Fritz Lee (Counties Manukau)

Brendon Leonard (Waikato)

Rhys Marshall (Taranaki)

Lelia Masaga (Bay of Plenty)

Liam Messam (Waikato)

Tim Nanai-Williams (Counties Manukau)

Charlie Ngatai (Wellington)

Patrick Osborne (Canterbury)

Augustine Pulu (Counties Manukau)

Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty)

Robbie Robinson (Southland)

Mahonri Schwalger (Counties Manukau)

Toby Smith (Waikato)

Solomona Sakalia (Wellington)

Ben Tameifuna (Hawke's Bay)

Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Manawatu)

- Hamilton News

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