Chiefs 2017



  • Probably time to start up the squad threads as signing news starts filtering in...

    I have taken the Wiki list as a starter. Please add info as it comes to hand

    PROPS
    Gone:
    Pauliasi Manu (to Blues)
    Confirmed:
    Kane Hames
    Nepo Laulala
    Atunaisa Moli

    2016 others
    Siegfried Fisiihoi (wider training group)
    Mitchell Graham
    Siate Tokolahi
    Hiroshi Yamashita

    HOOKERS
    Gone:
    Rhys Marshall (to Ireland Munster)
    Confirmed:
    Hika Elliot
    Nathan Harris

    LOCK
    Confirmed:
    Michael Allardice
    Dominic Bird
    Brodie Retallick

    2016 Others
    James Tucker (wider training group)

    LOOSE FORWARDS
    Confirmed
    Johan Bardoul
    Sam Cane
    Mitchell Karpik

    2016 Others
    Lachlan Boshier
    Sam Cane
    Sam Henwood
    Mitchell Karpik
    Tevita Koloamatangi
    Liam Messam
    Tom Sanders
    Taleni Seu

    N8
    Gone
    Ma'ama Vaipulu (to France Castres)
    Confirmed
    none
    2016 Others
    Mitchell Brown (short-term)
    Michael Leitch

    HALFBACK
    Gone
    Augustine Pulu (to Blues)
    Confirmed
    Tawera Kerr-Barlow
    Brad Weber

    2016 Others
    Kayne Hammington (short-term)

    FIRST FIVE
    Gone
    None
    Confirmed
    Aaron Cruden
    2016 Others
    Stephen Donald

    MIDFIELD
    Gone
    Seta Tamanivalu (to Crusaders)
    Substituted off Sonny Bill Williams (to Blues)
    Confirmed
    Anton Lienert-Brown
    Charlie Ngatai

    2016 Others
    Sam Vaka (wider training group)

    OUTSIDE BACKS
    Gone
    Andrew Horrell (to Japan Coca-Cola Red Sparks)
    Confirmed
    Glen Fisiiahi
    James Lowe
    Toni Pulu
    Tim Nanai-Williams
    Damian McKenzie

    2016 Others
    Shaun Stevenson (wider training group)
    Chase Tiatia (did not play)
    Latu Vaeno (wider training group)
    Sam McNicol



  • I'm hoping the Chiefs find a spot for Sevu Reece. He's been all class for Waikato.And I'd like to see Faiva and Douglas at least get WTG spots.

    The TNW signing depends entirely on how they use him. Outside backs = good. Centres = shit.



  • Has the TNW signing be confirmed? I thought the media were just expecting him to re-sign? Can't find it on Chiefs website.



  • You'd think they'd be looking at Joe Tupe for 8/6.



  • @Stargazer said in Chiefs 2017:

    Has the TNW signing be confirmed? I thought the media were just expecting him to re-sign? Can't find it on Chiefs website.

    You are correct. The headline of the article says he has re-signed but the first line says it is only 'believed'

    I'll leave him in there at the moment though as these rumours are usually true if they have gone so far as to make it to print.

    Messam returning is still just a rumour as far as I know.



  • @Crucial said in Chiefs 2017:

    Messam returning is still just a rumour as far as I know.

    It was always signalled that Messam would return after his stint in Japan so I'd say that is more probable than possible.

    As for the 3rd halfback, Pele Cowley was actually in the squad as Pulu's replacement before Hammington. Cowley then got injured himself.



  • Sam Cane is in there twice?



  • @Milk said in Chiefs 2017:

    Sam Cane is in there twice?

    Yes. Because he is awesome.



  • @Crucial Makes sense. He'll have a big workload next year, twice the work of some lesser players.



  • johan has gone to japan



  • @Cpt-Kumera said in Chiefs 2017:

    johan has gone to japan

    Is it an 'off-season' thing though? As far as I can tell he is still contracted to the Chiefs.



  • @Crucial said in Chiefs 2017:

    @Cpt-Kumera said in Chiefs 2017:

    johan has gone to japan

    Is it an 'off-season' thing though? As far as I can tell he is still contracted to the Chiefs.

    Yes, signed through to 2017.



  • Wow! Didn't realise SBW had gone to the Blues



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs 2017:

    Wow! Didn't realise SBW had gone to the Blues

    Just hand them the title now I reckon. After that I have it on good authority that SBW is heading to the Canes then the Highlanders to become the only player to grace all five franchises with his presence.



  • @Tim said in Chiefs 2017:

    You'd think they'd be looking at Joe Tupe for 8/6.

    they fucking better be



  • Hammington has signed with the Highlanders. He has a good relationship with Rennie so you'd think he was given the heads up on plans for a third halfback.



  • They need a third hooker. Faiva is the probable one but I like the young Misa who is an outstanding off the bench option. Reilly (Bay of Plenty) has a good season too.



  • @cgrant said in Chiefs 2017:

    They need a third hooker. Faiva is the probable one but I like the young Misa who is an outstanding off the bench option. Reilly (Bay of Plenty) has a good season too.

    Given that is is unlikely they will have a big name third hooker I would say the third spot will be a WTG one (and probably one other in the training squad as well). They will probably be looking at potential and succession planning.

    These were the players named in the Development squad early in the year

    Joseph Royal (BOP)
    Epalahame Faiva (W)
    Steven Misa (W)





  • Good news. Are they still playing in Japan or will they play in the NPC next year too? Messam's only 15 caps away from 100 Waikato caps, it'd be cool to see him reach it.

    Still hoping like hell Rennie keeps TNW away from the midfield.