All Blacks and Blues prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the Auckland-dependent club, it was declared on Wednesday.
In what is a significant re-signing, Tu’ungafasi will stay in New Zealand right up until 2024, which can make him the very first All Black to reconfirm his allegiance to New Zealand past the 2023 Rugby Earth Cup.
The 28-calendar year-outdated, who this month is set to become the Blues’ seventh centurion, claimed he was fired up to go on playing in New Zealand.
“Myself and my family like it here. It is our residence and our prolonged people are below,” explained Tu’ungafasi.
“I am a Blues participant by means of-and-via. I adore the club and the folks. We are building one thing particular on and off the discipline at the club and I want to be portion of it for the next handful of decades.
“I am also blessed to have played for New Zealand at a person Rugby Environment Cup and will be executing almost everything in my electric power to play in the up coming 1 and with any luck , aid the All Blacks bring the trophy again household.”
Chris Lendrum, New Zealand Rugby’s general supervisor Skilled Rugby & Effectiveness, explained re-signing Tu’ungafasi was sizeable for NZR.
“Ofa has been a big asset for each the Blues and All Blacks in current seasons, is a rising leader among our players, and is hugely respected by all,” he explained.
“Ofa epitomises our values – he’s humble, expert and pushed to be the ideal he can be, on and off the subject. To know he has recommitted to New Zealand is enormous for us. We congratulate Ofa, his wife Emma and their loved ones and are delighted with their decision.”
Blues head mentor Leon MacDonald said he was also delighted that Tu’ungafasi would remain at the club for a further four a long time.
“On the area, Ofa is our anchor. He could be a quietly spoken individual but his steps in terms of function ethic, professionalism and substantial-excellent performances every day resonate loudly about this spot,” he explained.
“He at the moment leads a group of All Black props who all share info and force each and every other to develop into much better players.
“Ofa is a great individual, a devout loved ones person and another person who we are pretty proud to work with just about every working day.”
Tu’ungafasi will participate in his 99th recreation for the Blues if selected for this Sunday’s Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa game versus the Crusaders at Eden Park.