Former All Black captain and Wellington stalwart Tana Umaga has signed with the Chiefs for next year's Super Rugby season after returning to New Zealand to play for Counties-Manukau in this year's ITM Cup.
Chiefs coach Ian Foster says he had a number of conversations with Tana during the national provincial season and is delighted to have signed the veteran midfielder for 2011.
Foster says Tana has been picked primarily as a player but says the 37-year-old is likely to step into coaching roles in the near future as he looks to develop his coaching career.
Umaga says he's is looking forward to his new role in which he hopes to contribute both on and off the field.
He says the Chiefs are a good fit as he'll be able to continue to work with some of the key Counties-Manukau players such as sevens stars flanker Fritz Lee and fullback Tim Nanai Williams.
Umaga has been involved with Super Rugby from its inception in 1996 and has played over 300 first class games.