Stand by for another year of The Rangi Chase Show

AS EXPECTED, The Rangi Chase Show will be back for a new series next year following its abrupt cancellation earlier in 2015.
Regular viewers will recall how back in September, the Show’s run at Salford was cancelled after just two seasons, despite Dr Marwan Koukash having forked out somewhere in the region of £115,000 on commissioning it for four.
But rumours surfaced Chase would soon be back, with Leigh Centurions eventually confirming a deal to showcase the 29-year-old for two years, with the option of a third.
After starting out in his homeland of New Zealand, Chase burst onto the scene across the Tasman Sea at Wests Tigers and then St George Illawara Dragons.
And it was a move to Castleford Tigers in 2009 which brought The Show to a wider audience in England, winning rave revues and accolades in the form of club end-of-season awards, the Albert Goldthorpe Medal and Super League’s Man of Steel honour.
Yet as with many maverick performers, controversy has never been far away from Chase.
His formative years saw him exposed to drink, drugs, violence and robbery, while he received a suspended two-year prison sentence in Australia for an incident which occurred in 2008.
The on and off-field disciplinary issues continued in England, but the Show’s stock continued to rise and, amid more controversy – this time involving a family member, received international recognition in 2011.
Salford’s big-spending Good Doctor coveted the entertainment value Chase brings and, after the half-back had submitted a transfer request, he switched from Castleford for the start of 2014.
Such was Koukash’s admiration of Chase that he even named one of his racehorses after him, but this move was not one which would pan out as either party had planned.
Although there were still the occasional moments of magic, there was a growing perception the Show might not be as good as it used to be, culminating in Chase being suspended and eventually released from his Salford contract.
However, Chase has been offered another chance to showcase his talents and the latest series will see him trying to help Leigh achieve their ambition of a return to Super League.
Whether what seems like a last roll of the dice will pay off for either part remains to be seen, but one thing that can be guaranteed is there will be plenty to talk about – one way or the other.


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