Chiefs name S15 co-captains
Hamilton - Chiefs Super Rugby coach Dave Rennie announced Liam Messam and Craig Clarke as co-captains of the Chiefs for the 2012 season.
According to the allblacks.com website
, Rennie said “Liam and Craig are both players who will bring great values, work ethic and leadership to their roles as co-captain.
With a 24 week season, Rennie and his management team decided that having a dual role would offer better continuity for the side. “It is a long season and this decision will allow the co-captains with their complimentary skill sets, to share the extensive load.”
Messam, 27, has played 79 games for the Chiefs and is the captain for the New Zealand Maoris and ITM Cup finalists Waikato. Clarke is also the captain of his provincial side, Taranaki who lifted the Ranfurly Shield in 2011. Clarke has played 58 Super Rugby games which include 41 for the Chiefs.
The co-captains will be strongly supported on and off the field by the Chiefs leadership group of Tanerau Latimer, Richard Kahui, Mahonri Schwalger and Aaron Cruden.
Lock, Craig Clarke commenting on his new role said “It is a huge honour to have the role and it is pretty unique to be able to share it with Liam.”
Messam said “I’m rapt to be involved in a captaincy role again this year. It is an exciting new era for the Chiefs which I am stoked to be a part of. It is a big responsibility taking over Mils’ shoes, but one I am really looking forward to.”