Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has announced the Chiefs squad for the 2012 Super 15 season with three Rugby World Cup champions to make up part of his backline.
Imports Sonny Bill Williams (Crusaders) and Aaron Cruden (Hurricanes) are the big inclusions to the squad and will help fill spots left by the departing All Black duo of Mils Muliaina and Stephen Donald and former All Black skipper Tana Umaga who retired at the end of last season.
Fellow All Black Richard Kahui returns for another season with the Chiefs. Southland utility back Robbie Robinson joins the Chiefs after two seasons with the Highlanders.
The Chiefs squad lacks current All Blacks in the forwards but includes Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo and Samoan hooker Mahonri Schwalger who both impressed at the Rugby World Cup. The forwards also include former All Blacks Liam Messam, Hika Elliot, Scott Waldrom and Tanerau Latimer.
Dave Rennie said "It is a good mixture of young exciting talent and key experienced players which should allow us to play a highly appealing style of rugby".
Chiefs 2012 Squad
Sonny Bill Williams
- HERALD ONLINE