RaboDirect PRO12
Ex-All Black completes Zebre switch
ESPN Staff
August 13, 2013

Former Chiefs and All Blacks scrum-half Brendon Leonard has completed his move to RaboDirect PRO12 side Zebre.

Leonard was part of the Chiefs side that won the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby titles and he will arrive for his medical in Parma this week. Zebre boss Roberto Manghi was delighted with the capture of the 13-cap All Black. Manghi said: "As an experienced player he will help our attack and will help with our young scrum-halves' development. He's motivated to face this new challenge in his career and is the type of player who can make a difference."

And Leonard is looking forward to the new challenge. He said: "I've been in Waikato my whole life and, after seven years of Super Rugby, the time in my career has come to explore some new challenges in great European leagues like the PRO12 and Heineken Cup.

"Zebre have several internationals and I'm very focused into joining my new club and team-mates to be useful in the best possible way. I'm sure I'll prove myself as I consider myself a better player than when I played for the All Blacks."

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