Kerr-Barlow signs new Chiefs deal


New Zealand international Tawera Kerr-Barlow has signed a new two-year contract with Chiefs.

The scrum-half has made 56 appearances for Chiefs since joining the Hamilton-based Super Rugby outfit in 2011 and was part of the All Blacks squad which won the World Cup in England last year.

Kerr-Barlow recovered from a serious knee injury sustained while playing for his country two years ago to resume his career and the 25-year-old has been rewarded with a new deal.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said: "Tawera is incredibly professional. His dedication to rehab and developing other parts of his game throughout his time out has been impressive. He is in fantastic condition.

"He is now one of our senior players who contributes greatly in our environment.  I know he is hungry to get back to top level footy."

Kerr Barlow, who has 20 caps for his country, said: "It is an exciting time to be a rugby player in New Zealand and it is great to have certainty around my future for the next few years. 

"I am fortunate to be in two exceptional world-class teams that have phenomenal environments and people, which make it very appealing to continue playing in New Zealand."