Chiefs - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Black base with Yellow & Red panels Shorts: Black with Yellow & Red trim Socks: Black with Yellow top
Home Ground: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Chairman: Dallas Fisher
CEO: Andrew Flexman
The most appearances is by Liam Messam (144)
The most points is by Steven Donald (857)
The most tries is by Sitiveni Sivivatu (42)
The Chiefs were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Counties Manukau, Waikato, Thames Valley, King Country, Bay of Plenty & Taranaki.
In 2017 they play 8 home games against the Blues, Hurricanes, Bulls, Sunwolves, Reds, Crusaders, Waratahs & Brumbies. They play 7 away games against the Highlanders, Rebels, Stormers, Cheetahs, Western Force, Blues & Hurricanes.
The head coach is Dave Rennie. He is assisted by Andrew Strawbridge, Kieran Keane & Neil Barnes.
Previous head coaches were: Ross Cooper, Ian Foster, Kevin Greene, John Mitchell & Brad Meurant.
In 21 years they have had 6 coaches & used 316 players.
The 2017 co-captains are Aaron Cruden & Sam Cane.
The squad is: Solomon Alaimalo; Michael Allardice; Dominic Bird; Lachlan Boshier; Mitchell Brown; Finlay Christie; Stephen Donald; Hika Elliot; Johnny Fa'auli; Glen Fisiiahi; Siegfried Fisi'ihoi; Michael Graham; Kane Hames; Nathan Harris; Mitchell Karpic; Sefo Kautai; Tawera Kerr-Barlow; Nepo Laulala; Michael Leitch; Anton Lienert-Brown; James Lowe; Damian McKenzie; Sam McNicol; Liam Messam; Atu Moli; Tim Nanai-Williams; Charlie Ngatai; Liam Polwart; Toni Pulu; Brodie Retallick; Shaun Stevenson; Chase Tiatia; James Tucker; Brad Weber.
They finished in 6th position at the end of the 2016 round-robin stages, going on to lose a quarter final.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the competition 12 times in 21 years.
Their worst finish was 11th out of 12 in 1997.
In the play-offs they have featured in 3 finals, winning in 2012 & 2013.
Their average finishing position is 6.48
They are 2nd on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$5.00.
On Centre Bet (Aus) they are picked at 2nd = @ A$6.50.