Chiefs snap up Taranaki talent

Taranaki prop Mitchell Graham and midfielder/winger Seta Tamanivalu have both signed with the Chiefs for the next two years.

On the back of a solid ITM Cup season, 23-year-old Graham who grew up in Putaruru, is rapt to have earned his first Investec Super Rugby contract. Originally a tighthead, Graham has dominated on the loosehead side of the scrum this season.

"We like what we've seen from Mitchell who has developed quickly in the Taranaki system. He is a smart kid and a quick learner who is prepared to work hard and make some physical shifts," Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said.

The 1.87m and 122kg prop has played for Canterbury As, Bs and Under 21s.

Powerful Taranaki centre Tamanivalu is also looking forward to his move north and feels New Zealand is the best place to learn to play rugby.

"I decided to come to the Chiefs because I like the environment and the coaching staff. They are a very successful team and it is something I want to be a part of."

The 22-year-old Fijian born former Saint Kentigern College student, is a product of the Taranaki Academy and has earned a starting spot in his ITM Cup side this season.

"Seta is the form centre in the ITM cup. He's a powerful ball carrier who's been difficult to contain and a huge contributor to Taranaki's success. Seta's a good man who knows our environment and will slip back in seamlessly," Rennie saod.

Tamanivalu, who is 1.89m and 106kg, spent time with the Chiefs last season, played for the Chiefs Development side and has represented Taranaki for three seasons.

Taranaki's Seta Tamanivalu Source: Photosport


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