Rangi Chase

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Rangi Chase
Rangi Chase England.jpg
Personal information
Full name Moutoa Lance Chase[1]
Born (1986-04-11) 11 April 1986 (age 31)
Dannevirke, New Zealand
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 12 in)[2]
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb; 194 lb)[2]
Playing information
Position Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 Wests Tigers 1 1 0 0 4
2007–08 St George Illawarra 31 7 0 0 28
2009–14 Castleford Tigers 129 47 0 3 191
2014–15 Salford Red Devils 42 15 13 3 89
2016–2016 Leigh Centurions 5 2 0 0 8
2016–2017 Castleford Tigers 7 1 0 0 4
2017– Widnes Vikings 0 0 0 0 0
Total 215 73 13 6 324
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–10 New Zealand Māori 2 1 0 0 4
2011 Exiles 1 0 0 0 0
2011–13 England 8 1 0 0 4
As of 22 September 2015

Rangi Chase (born 11 April 1986) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays in Super League for English club, Widnes Vikings. He played at representative level for the New Zealand Māori before moving to Britain and playing for the Exiles and then the England national team. Chase played in the National Rugby League for Australian clubs Wests Tigers and St. George Illawarra Dragons before playing in Super League for English clubs Castleford Tigers and Salford Red Devils. Chase was the 2011 Albert Goldthorpe Medal Winner and was selected in the England squad for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations. On 4 October 2011, Chase was presented with the Man of Steel Award whilst playing for Castleford Tigers.


Born in Dannevirke, New Zealand, Chase is of Māori descent and attended Te Aute College in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, before moving to Australia where he attended Keebra Park State High School in Southport, Queensland. Chase, who is of Māori Descent, begun his career with Manawatu in the 2002 North Island Super 6 competition.[3]

Playing career[edit]

National Rugby League[edit]

Chase started his career in the National Rugby League with Sydney team Wests Tigers, making his debut in the 2006 NRL season. At the end of the year, he moved to the St. George Illawarra Dragons. He played there for two seasons.

Chase playing for the New Zealand Māori in 2008
Chase playing for England in 2013

Chase was named for the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4] Instead he played for the New Zealand Māori team.

Super League[edit]

Chase joined English club Castleford Tigers for 2009's Super League XIV, linking up in the halves with Brent Sherwin.[5][6] Chase scored ten tries and made more tackle busts than any other player in Super League, earning him the Castleford Tigers player of the year award. In August 2009, Chase signed a four-year contract with the Tigers, lasting until the end of the 2013 season. He again played for the New Zealand Maori team in 2010.

In 2011, at Southport Magistrate's Court Chase pleaded guilty to a charge of causing Grievous Bodily Harm and was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended.[1]

Rangi was selected to play against the Exiles in Game 1 of the International Origin, this was the first time a player has represented both teams in the Origin, after Chase received Man of the Match in the 2011 game for the Exiles. Chase was selected for the Exiles squad for the International Origin Match against England at Headingley on 10 June 2011,[7] Being named man-of-the-match in the Exiles' victory. Despite this, on 3 October 2011, Chase made himself available for selection for the English national side.[8] In 2011 he became the third consecutive Australasian import to win the Man of Steel award for Super League's player of the season.

He was selected by England despite having played against them earlier in the year, drawing criticism from former player Garry Schofield.[9] Chase said that he asked to represent England as he found himself more "at home" in Castleford than New Zealand.

Chase made his debut in the warm up test against France where he won the Man of the Match award. His next game was in the 42-4 win against Wales in the 2011 Four Nations. He also played against Australia at Wembley Stadium, against former schoolmate Benji Marshall, when England beat New Zealand 28-6. Chase's cousin Isaac Luke bent his leg back in a tackle in the win over New Zealand: Luke, who was put on report for the incident by referee Matt Cecchin, later apologised to Chase for the play. Rangi was the scrum-half in the 30-8 loss to Australia in the 2011 Four Nations Final.

At the end of 2011 Chase was awarded the Albert Goldthorpe Medal.[10] Chase was suspended indefinitely after an apparent breach of club discipline on the weekend of 24 June 2012.[11] He also featured in the 2012 Autumn International Series Final against France.

On 11 February 2013, he was charged by the Super League after a high hit on England team mate Zak Hardaker against Leeds Rhinos. He was given a two-game ban for a grade B offence. Chase signed for Salford Red Devils in September 2013 for a sum believed to be in the region of £115,000 on a four-year deal.[12] He made his debut in a 18-14 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, but was injured and taken off after 17 minutes. Chase was part of England's 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad. He featured in the warm up against Italy which England lost 15-14. Rangi was then selected at stand-off for the group games against Australia, Ireland and Fiji. He also featured in the Quarter Final against France. He scored a try against Ireland.

On 22 September 2015, controversy occurred as Chase, alongside team mates Harrison Hansen and Corey Paterson, had their Salford Red Devils' contracts terminated in order to free up salary cap space for the club to sign 8 new players.[13]

On July 1, 2016, it was speculated via Sky Sports that Chase had re-signed with Castleford. This was confirmed the next day by the club and he will return for the remainder of the 2016 Super League season with the club option to extend the deal at the end of the season.

On May 15 2017, it was confirmed that Chase had signed a season long loan deal with Super League Rivals, Widnes Vikings.


Chase signed for Championship club Leigh Centurions for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[14] Mid-way through the 2016 Championship season, Chase left Centurions to "pursue other options outside of Rugby League." It was later revealed he was battling depression.


  1. ^ a b Jeremy Pierce (11 August 2011). "League player Rangi Chase gets suspended sentence for breaking man's jaw in Gold Coast pub fight". Courier Mail. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Rangi Chase Salford Red Devils". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Wellington and Manawatu Teams rleague.com, 20 September 2002
  4. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Smith keeps his England plans quiet". Daily Express. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  6. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Warrington dominate Exiles picks for Origin fixture". bbc.co.uk. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  8. ^ http://loverugbyleague.com/news_6444-chase-in-england-squad.html
  9. ^ AAP (4 October 2011). "English fury over Chase selection". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Albert Goldthorpe Awards". totalrl.com. League Publications. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rangi Chase suspended on full pay by Castleford". dailymail.co.uk. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Salford sign eight more players and relaunch as Red Devils - BBC Sports
  13. ^ "Salford cut losses on Rangi Chase and Harrison Hansen in major shake-up". theguardian. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  14. ^ Leigh Centurions sign former Man of Steel Rangi Chase

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