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    Lienert-Brown, Harris re-sign with All Blacks

    2017-05-15 08:50

    Wellington - Anton Lienert-Brown and Nathan Harris have extended their contracts with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the Chiefs.

    22-year-old centre Lienert-Brown, who played nine Tests last year in his debut season for the All Blacks, has signed a new deal through to 2020, with 25-year-old hooker Harris re-signing on to 2019.

    Lienert-Brown said he was delighted to be recommitting to his country and Super side.

    "I'm hugely excited and grateful for the opportunity to re-sign with the Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby until 2020. New Zealand Rugby, Waikato and the Chiefs have played a huge part in developing me into the rugby player I am today. For that I'm very thankful, and look forward to furthering my development as a rugby player here in New Zealand."

    Harris, who has played four Tests for the All Blacks and 24 games for the Chiefs, made an eagerly-awaited return to rugby last week after a long injury layoff.

    "I'm really excited to continue my journey with the Chiefs for the next two seasons. I've had the privilege to be a part of this team for the past four years and in that time I've overcome some significant injuries and also got to play alongside exceptional players. I'm really looking forward to being involved with the Chiefs going forward, under Colin Cooper, and to keep working to be the best person and player I can be," said Harris.

    NZR general manager Rugby Neil Sorensen said: "We're over the moon that both Anton and Nathan have re-signed with us.  They are two players, along with others, that the future success of New Zealand Rugby will be built on.  I've got to know both these guys, initially through the New Zealand Under 20 side, and it's been great to see them grow as players and people, and achieve success at the highest level."

    Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said: "The contract extensions of both Anton and Nathan are great news for our Club. Anton is an impressive young man on and off the field. He made his debut as an 18 year old against the Bulls at Pretoria, highlighting his phenomenal work ethic, tackling and creative pass as strong features of his game.

    "Nathan's game time in both the Chiefs and All Black jersey has been limited due to a couple of major injuries. His athleticism and skillset suits the modern day hooker's role and we are really proud of the work Nate continually does in our communities."


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