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Baby Black Star Snapped up by Super Rugby’s Chiefs

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Damian_McKenzie50Damian McKenzie, the standout U20s player for New Zealand has signed with Super Rugby team the Chiefs on a three-year deal.

The versatile 19-year old specializes at fly-half, but has proven he can be as comfortable playing fullback.

McKenzie was found by the Chiefs through their program of talent identification and involved with the Chiefs Development Program during the earlier part of this year.

McKenzie thrived for the Chiefs when he joined squad late in the 2014 season, and he believes he can grow the most there as a player, both on the field and off it.

While training with the club, McKenzie said he learned a great deal and enjoyed working for the coaching staff and getting to learn the culture of the sport. He is looking forward to having the opportunity to showcase his talents on the field for the Chiefs.

He called his teammates a welcoming bunch and said he will enjoy becoming a part of the Chiefs family.

Dave Rennie the head coach for the Chiefs called Damian a quality person and commented how he made a big impression during the last nine months.

Rennie called McKenzie brave, he has a great work ethic and a great skill set. The club is rapt he committed to them long term, concluded Rennie.

In 2014, McKenzie played for the U20s for New Zealand during the IRB Junior World Cup and has played this year for the Chiefs Development squad.

In 2013, McKenzie played on the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and in 2012 on the New Zealand Schools Barbarians. He earned a selection from Christchurch’s’ Christ College First XV.

This season, McKenzie will make his debut in the ITM Cup for Waikato.

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