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The Chiefs' Damian McKenzie sets up a penalty kick. (Marty Melville/Getty Images)

Chiefs

The Chiefs, representing New Zealand’s north island province of Waikato, are a rugby union franchise that competes in the Super Rugby tournament and are one of the competition’s founding sides that competed in its inaugural year.

The Chiefs enjoyed a strong 2018 season, winning 11 games and finishing third in the stacked New Zealand conference (fifth overall). They were quickly undone in the finals, however, falling to the Hurricanes 32-31.

In the ultra-competitive New Zealand conference, the Chiefs look to be just a smidge below the class of the heavy hitters around them. However, they should be more than good enough to reach the finals.

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Coach: Colin Cooper
Captain: Sam Cane
2018 finish: 3rd New Zealand conference, 5th overall. Lost quarter-final to Hurricanes.
Titles: 2012, 2013

Chiefs 2019 Super Rugby squad
Aidan Ross, Alex Nankivell, Angus Ta’avao, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ataata Moeakiola, Atunaisa Moli, Baylin Sullivan, Brad Weber, Brodie Retallick, Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Fin Hoeata, Jack Debreczeni, Jonathan Taumateiene, Kane Hames, Lachlan Boshier, Laghlan McWhannell, Liam Polwart, Luke Jacobson, Marty McKenzie, Michael Allardice, Mitchell Brown, Mitchell Karpik, Nathan Harris, Nepo Laulala, Pita Gus Sowakula, Reuben O’Neill, Sam Cane, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Sean Wainui, Sefo Kautai, Shaun Stevenson, Solomon Alaimalo, Taleni Seu, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Tiaan Falcon, Tumua Manu, Tyler Ardron

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