Chiefs sign duo

Ngatai and Crosswell join champions for 2013 title defence

Last Updated: 23/08/12 1:17pm

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Nick Crosswell: Wealth of experience

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Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have announced two new signings for the 2013 season, with Charlie Ngatai and Nick Crosswell joining the squad.

Former Hurricanes and Wellington midfield back Ngatai and former Highlander and Manawatu captain, Crosswell have both signed until 2014.

Ngatai, a former NZ Secondary Schools player, made his ITM Cup debut at the age of 18 and was part of the Baby Blacks' IRB JWC squad in 2010.

"Charlie is fast and solid with a strong skill set," said coach Dave Rennie. "I had the pleasure of working with Charlie with the NZ U20s in Argentina and am excited about him joining our squad."

The 22-year-old is equally eager about his move north after spending much of last season warming the bench at Westpac Stadium.

"I am really excited and looking forward to the prospect the next Investec Super Rugby season with the Chiefs brings," said Ngatai.


Croswell is a 26-year-old loose forward who has had close to 100 first class games under his belt and over 30 Super Rugby appearances.

He has represented NZ Secondary Schools, NZ U19 and is entering his seventh Provincial Union season. He has played for both the Hurricanes and Highlanders Super Rugby teams.

"Nick brings with him a wealth of experience and strong leadership skills," continued Rennie.

"He is a hard working, abrasive player and the type of character that will fit perfectly into the Chiefs family."

Croswell acknowledges that Rennie has been a huge part of the development of his career and is rapt to be reunited with his former coach.

"I'm just really stoked to have the chance to play in a team that has had so much success this year.

"I'm also looking forward to being coached by Dave, Wayne, Tom and Andrew," he said.

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