Anton Lienert-Brown commits to New Zealand and Chiefs

Anton Lienert-Brown has played for New Zealand 43 times
Anton Lienert-Brown has played for New Zealand 43 times
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All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown has committed his immediate future with New Zealand Rugby and Super Rugby club Chiefs after signing a new deal at least until 2023.

The 24-year-old also has penned a new deal with provincial side Waikato until 2021.

Lienert-Brown made his professional rugby debut with Chiefs and Waikato in 2014 and has played 70 and 19 matches for the sides respectively.

“I love playing rugby in New Zealand. The team environments I have been a part of are really special," he told.

“The challenge of the competition and team selection keeps me on my toes and drives me to be a better player and person. It’s that challenge I enjoy the most and for me there is no better place I want to be, to develop on and off the field.”

His debut for the All Blacks came during the Rugby Championship clash against Australia in 2016 and has gone on to play 43 Tests scoring nine tries in it. He also featured in five games during the World Cup in Japan last year and has also featured for New Zealand U20 side in the past.

“Anton has been a standout for the All Blacks in recent years and we congratulate him on his decision to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby," said New Zealand head coach Ian Foster.

“For someone relatively young, he’s been an outstanding and consistent player who I feel is getting better and better. We look forward to seeing more of him this season and beyond.”