Chiefs have confirmed that former New Zealand international Stephen Donald will make a return to the Super Rugby club ahead of the 2019 season.
Having started his professional rugby career with Counties Manukau and Waikato provinces, Donald made his first stint with Chiefs in 2005 making 85 appearances before he moved to Wasps in 2011.
Even though he made a brief return for the Hamilton based club in 2015, he moved to Japan in 2016 where he represented Suntory Sungoliath, Toshiba Brave Lupus and NEC Green Rockets and has now decided back to Chiefs in 2019.
“I am stoked to be able to come back and play for the Chiefs this season. There is a great group of lads to work alongside and I hope I can play my part in supporting the team both on and off the field,” he commented.
“I’m looking forward to putting on the jersey again to proudly represent the club and our loyal supporters.”
Donald has played 23 Tests for the All Blacks since his debut in 2008 but hasn't featured for the side after the 2011 World Cup encounter against France in October where he kicked a penalty goal to help his side to a 8-7 victory.
Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper is delighted to have Donald back in the club setup.
“We are pleased to have Stephen Donald the Beaver re-join our Chiefs whanau for 2019. He is a great team man who brings a wealth of experience and mana to our side,” Cooper told the Chiefs’ official website.
"He is a good conductor of the game and will deliver for the team when provided the opportunity".