The former All Black hooker Hika Elliot has re-signed with the Chiefs Super Rugby side for another two years.
Elliot, who's played three tests for New Zealand, is set to play his 100th Super Rugby match this weekend when the Chiefs travel to Dunedin to play the Highlanders in the first week of the playoffs.
Elliot's form this year would have him in contention for an All Black's recall.
The Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is delighted that another key player has re-committed to the team.
"Hika is in the form of his life and is a highly influential part of our culture. The experience, skill, leadership and passion he brings to our club is hugely valuable," said Rennie.
The hooker, who came back from a potential career-ending neck injury has been impressive for the Chiefs this year both on and off the field, earning the Chiefs highest honour this year.
Elliot, who is fluent in Te Reo, was presented with the prestigious Chiefs Mana Kotiate Award for his contribution to the community and the team.
The former All Black said "I have unfinished business in New Zealand. The enjoyment of my rugby has gone up another level and I think that is because after my injury I have a new appreciation for how lucky I am to be in this sport. My body feels like it did when I was 20 years-old and I just want to do the best I can for my family, team and community," said the 29 year-old.
Elliot has played 87 matches for the Chiefs having made his Super Rugby debut in 2008 against the Waratahs for the Hurricanes.
Elliot, has won two Super Rugby titles, has represented the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks, New Zealand Under-21 and is an Under-19 World Championship winner.
He also captained the New Zealand Schools side.