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Chase nakes surprise return to Castleford

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/07/2016 By Ian Laybourn

Castleford have announced the shock re-signing of New Zealand-born former England halfback Rangi Chase.

The 30-year-old quit the game in May when he was released by Championship outfit Leigh but he has since performed an about-turn and will join the Tigers to the end of the season, with the club holding an option to extend the deal further.

Chase will link up with his new team-mates on Monday and could make his playing return in their next game, at home to Catalans Dragons next Sunday.

"It's like coming back home for me," Chase told

"I love the people here.

"This move is purely about the badge and the way it made me feel when I played for it."

Chase enjoyed his most success during his five years at Castleford, where he scored 47 tries in 129 appearances from 2009-13 and was crowned Super League's Man of Steel in 2011.

Chase has enjoyed a colourful career since making the move from the NRL, where he played briefly for Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra.

He dropped a bombshell in 2011 by making himself available for England, despite playing against them for New Zealand Maori less than 12 months earlier.

Chase, who qualified on residential grounds, went on to play for England in the 2013 World Cup, although he was dropped for the semi-final against New Zealand and never played again for them after a public fall-out with then coach Steve McNamara.

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