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Kerr-Barlow signs for two more years

Recovering All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow has signed for another two years with the Chiefs and Waikato.

Kerr-Barlow, 24, who has been rebuilding his game after an injury on the All Blacks tour late last year, impressed Chiefs coach Dave Rennie with his work ethic during his rehabilitation from surgery.

"Tawera is incredibly professional. His dedication to rehab and developing other parts of his game throughout his time out has been impressive. He is in fantastic condition," Rennie said.

"He is now one of our senior players who contributes greatly in our environment. I know he is hungry to get back to top level footy."

Kerr-Barlow, who has played 15 Tests and 56 Investec Super Rugby games for the Chiefs since his debut in 2011, has played for his club and the Maori All Blacks in recent weeks.

He said: "It is an exciting time to be a rugby player in New Zealand and it is great to have certainty around my future for the next two years.

"I am fortunate to be in two exceptional world-class teams that have phenomenal environments and people, which make it very appealing to continue playing in New Zealand."

Waikato coach Sean Botherway who is likely to be able to call on Kerr-Barlow during the early rounds, at least, of the ITM Cup, said he was a product of Waikato's academy system and had been signed by the province since he was at high school.