Former All Black Liam Messam joined Waikato for this year’s Miter 10 Cup, the New Zealand club announced. The 36-year-old returned home after two years with French club Toulon and joins the Waikato team before his first season game in Wellington on September 12.
The former Chiefs captain first appeared in Waikato in 2003 and played 85 games for the Mooloos. “Messam is a very talented and experienced player who can play various positions among the forwards,” Waikato coach Andrew Strawbridge said in a statement.
“He is another one of these players who cares deeply about the shirt, his teammates and is highly respected here, so we are very fortunate to have him again with our colors,” Strawbridge concluded. Messam played 43 tests between 2008 and 2015 and was champion of the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand in England. He also played in Chiefs from 2006 to 2015, moved to Japan to play for Toshiba, and then returned in 2017 for a year and a half when he decided to play in France.