Force sign Chiefs flyer Chase Tiatia

Tue, Jun 28, 2022, 10:53 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Force were looking to keep their finals hopes alive against the visiting Hurricanes.

The Western Force have continued their recruitment drive, signing Chiefs outside back Chase Tiatia on a two-year deal.

Tiatia made his debut for the Hurricanes in 2019 before returning to the Chiefs in 2021.

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The 26-year-old played a crucial role in their push to the semi-finals, featuring in 11 games during Super Rugby Pacific.

“I’m really looking forward to moving to Perth. It will be a new challenge and a new experience for me. I’ve been to Perth a couple times with Super Rugby, so it’ll be nice to spend some more time there and get to know everyone,” Tiatia said in a statement.

“I’ve been coached by Mark Ozich before, and I really liked working with him. We caught up over the phone about the move, and he spoke very highly of the program at the Force.

“It’s going to be really great to develop my game in Perth and get some consistent game time. I’m really excited about the whole experience and getting started.”

It comes just 24 hours after the club signed Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga'a, joining new recruits Michael Wells and Jeremy Williams.

The move west reunites Tiatia with assistant coach Mark Ozich, with Ozich excited about what he can bring to the side.

“Chase brings excitement and x-factor to the Force. He’s a player with strong versatility and a rugby brain that can play effectively across the backline,” Ozich said.

“His ability to see and create opportunities, as well as beat defenders with the ball in hand are all major strengths he will add to the squad.

“He’s a high energy and team first character, which aligns perfectly with the Force and how we go about our work. This is a great environment for him to grow as a player and showcase what he can do on the Super Rugby stage.”