Cane commits to Chiefs for two SuperRugby seasons

Sam Cane scores a try for the Chiefs

Hamilton based Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs have re-signed All Blacks flanker
Sam Cane for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

Twenty-three-year-Cane has signed for the Chiefs for another two years after
being one of the stand-out players for the Chiefs this season and this was recognized
when he won three trophies at the recent 2015 Chiefs Awards.

Cane, who has become a pivotal part of the Chiefs team, collected the Chiefs
Player of the Year voted for by the fans, the Chiefs Player of the Year voted
for by the coaches and the Players Player of the Year.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is rapt that Cane has committed for another couple
of years.

“He’s an outstanding player but more importantly a quality young man,
held in high regard by all. His work ethic, leadership and community mindedness
continues to have a positive influence on our club,” said Rennie

Reporoa-born Cane is a highly motivated loose forward who has one of the highest
tackle rates in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

But he says he has plenty of room for improvement.

“I am really enjoying my rugby and love playing for both the Chiefs and
the All Blacks. I still have a lot of things I want to achieve in New Zealand
Rugby. I am still relatively young and still have a lot to learn about the game
and plenty of room to grow as a player.

“It was a simple decision to stay with the Chiefs. It is an enjoyable
environment to be a part of with a great bunch of men. The coaches are world
class and the future is exciting for Chiefs rugby and that is something I want
to play a leading role in.”

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman says “Sam is an exceptional bloke and a player
that we see forming a critical part of our leadership group moving forward.”

“The consistency of his performances this year and the way he has handled
the physical rigors of the game has been remarkable. I have no doubt he will
take his game to new levels with the Chiefs and All Blacks in the years to come.”

Cane made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs in 2011 and his All Blacks debut
in 2012. He has won two Super Rugby titles, an Under-20 Junior World Championship
gold medal and the New Zealand Rugby Age Group Player of the Year. He has also
claimed the Bay of Plenty Junior Sportsman of the Year in 2012 and was a Bay
of Plenty age group representative.

Cane has played 64 matches for the Chiefs and 22 test matches for the All Blacks.

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