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Stephen 'Beaver' Donald returns for Chiefs, 14 years after debut

The Chiefs have announced today that Stephen Donald will return and play in their upcoming 2019 Super Rugby season.

The 35-year-old has signed for the Chiefs as an injury replacement for first-five eighth Tiaan Falcon, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the entire season.

Donald trained with the team today in Hamilton and is likely to play in his side’s season opener against the Highlanders on Friday in Waikato Stadium.

"I am stoked to be able to come back and play for the Chiefs this season," he said. "There is a great group of lads to work alongside and I hope I can play my part in supporting the team both on and off the field.

"I'm looking forward to putting on the jersey again to proudly represent the club and our loyal supporters."

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper said Donald will bring a lot of experience and "mana" to his side.

"We are pleased to have Stephen Donald the Beaver re-join our Chiefs whānau for 2019," he said. "He is a great team man who brings a wealth of experience and mana to our side.

"He is a good conductor of the game and will deliver for the team when provided the opportunity."

Donald debuted for the Chiefs in 2005 and has played over 100 games for the Waikato Super Rugby franchise.

Chiefs first five Stephen Donald makes a break during the rugby union match - Chiefs v Wales played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Lim / www.photosport.nz
Chiefs first five Stephen Donald makes a break during the rugby union match - Chiefs v Wales played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Tuesday 14 June 2016. Source: Photosport


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