30 Mar 2017

Messam to reach 150th Super Rugby cap

6:07 pm on 30 March 2017

Former All Black flanker Liam Messam will become the eighth player to make 150 Super Rugby appearances when the Chiefs face South Africa's Bulls in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Chiefs captain Liam Messam on the charge.

The Chiefs captain Liam Messam on the charge. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 33-year-old Messam will become the sixth New Zealand player to reach the milestone.

He will have played all 150 games for the Chiefs.

Australian captain Stephen Moore and former Wallabies lock Nathan Sharpe are the only non-New Zealand players to surpass the mark.

"It's a special occasion for Liam, his whanau (family) and our club this Saturday when he runs out for his 150th game for the Chiefs," coach Dave Rennie said.

"It's great to be able to honour Liam at home, a place where he has received massive support from Chiefs fans since 2006."

Former All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu holds the record for Super Rugby appearances with 175, though Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett is likely to surpass that mark this year having played 173 times for the franchise.

The Crusaders face the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday.