Rangi Chase in action against Rochdale earlier this season

Former England international and Man of Steel Rangi Chase will join League One side Rochdale Hornets after leaving West Wales Raiders.

The vastly experienced 35-year-old had linked up with the Welsh club for this season alongside another high profile recruit in Gavin Henson. But the pair have played together just once, and Chase requested a release for personal reasons to return up north.

That led to a host of clubs chasing his signature, with Bradford Bulls briefly linked with him last week. But the ambitious Hornets have now won that race, and are expected to formally confirm Chase’s signature shortly.

Chase featured for England in the 2013 World Cup
(Image: Paul Thomas)

The club has been looking for a replacement for their scrum-half Rob Fairclough after he was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

New Zealand-born Chase – who eight caps for England between 2011 and 2013 – will now fill that place in Matt Calland’s squad and could make his debut against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.

Chase first arrived in this country at Castleford Tigers in 2009, winning the Man of Steel as Super League’s best player two years later. He had spells at Salford and, briefly, Leigh Centurions, before rejoining the Tigers in 2016.

Chase in action for Salford at the 2017 Magic Weekend in Manchester
(Image: Gareth Copley)

But shortly after making a move to Widnes Vikings in 2017 he was handed a two-year suspension after testing positive for cocaine, before relaunching his career at Doncaster in 2019.

Chase has regularly been lauded as one of the most talented players of the last decade, with one clip of a try he created for Josh Griffin while at Salford clocking up millions of views across several online platforms.

At Rochdale he will link up with another former NRL star in Fuifui Moimoi with the club hopeful of mounting a promotion push despite a difficult start to the season.