“It’s a very exciting squad, and it’s great to have a good spread of players from throughout the Chiefs region,” coach Colin Cooper said.
“We’ve retained a lot of players from this year, including a number of our core leadership group, we’ve brought in a group of exciting and talented new players, and some of our injured players are returning, such as Atu Moli, Aidan Ross, Nepo Laulala, Mitchell Brown and Fin Hoeata, who will all make a big contribution and add a lot of depth.”
Nanai-Seturo is one of four newcomers who could make a Super Rugby debut next year along who standout Taranaki prop Reuben O’Neill, New Zealand under-20 lock Laghlan McWhannell and Japanese international wing Ataata Moeakiola.
Another notable inclusion is ex-Rebels first five-eighth Jack Debreczini has earned a place in the Chiefs squad after standout performances with the Northland Mitre 10 Cup side.
“It’s an inspiring story for all our players – one of don’t ever give up on your dream,” Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper said when naming his squad for the Investec Super Rugby competition.
“Angus is a great person and a hard-working player and should be an inspiration to all these young men who have been named today.”
Ta’avao joins fellow one-cap All Black Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, and experienced All Blacks Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown, Nathan Harris and Nepo Laulala in the squad.
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