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X factor Tiatia signs with the Force

The Western Force has added further x factor to its backline with the signing of Chiefs player Chase Tiatia on a two-year deal commencing in 2023.

Having started his career with New Zealand provincial sides Wellington and Bay of Plenty, the fleet-footed utility back made his Super Rugby debut in 2019 for the Hurricanes after moving from the Chiefs.

Playing predominantly as a full back, the New Zealand-born, Samoan player returned to the Chiefs in 2021 and went on to make 21 appearances. The 26-year-old’s pace and versatility proved a key asset for his former side.

The 26-year-old is delighted to be starting a new chapter with the Force.

“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 explained.

“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.”

Assistant coach Mark Ozich is thrilled to have Tiatiajoin the Force and have the chance to work together once again.

“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.”

About Chase Tiatia

Position: Utility back

Height: 181cm

Weight: 93kg

Date of birth: 14/10/1995

Super Rugby Debut: Hurricanes vs ACT Brumbies, 1/3/2019, Super Rugby Round 3 Super Rugby Caps: 37 (Hurricanes: 16 Chiefs: 21)