17/04/2024

Asafo Aumua has earned six caps for the All Blacks since 2020. (Photo: Rugby Addict)

Asafo Aumua has recommitted to the Hurricanes for another two years. This contract extension will keep him at the club through to 2025.

The All Blacks hooker’s commitment will not only keep him apart of the Hurricanes, but also the Wellington Lions and New Zealand Rugby.

Debuting for the Wellington Lions in the National Provincial Championship (NPC) in 2016, he was picked to be a part of the Hurricanes set-up in 2018. Unfortunately, he was derailed by injuries in his debut season. Returning the next season, he was a force coming off the bench late in the game.

“Brilliant news that Asafo has recommitted to the Hurricanes. He is hugely respected by everyone in our environment and is a big part of what we do on and off the field,” Hurricanes coach Jason Holland said.

“We feel that he has some solid foundations in place to really kick on and take his game to another level and dominate Super and International rugby in the coming years.”

Asafo Aumua has represented both the U20 New Zealand internationals side and the All Blacks. (Photo: Planet Rugby)

In the next couple of years he was one of the standouts in the team. This earned him a call-up into the New Zealand international side where he has since played six games for them.

Originally contracted to the end of 2023, he is looking forward to keep playing with the Hurricanes. During the 2022 Super Rugby season, Aumua made 53 tackles in defence and forced five turnovers. In attack he got over the line for a try and made 180 metres off 53 runs.

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    “[I’m] stoked to be returning to the Hurricanes for another two seasons. The opportunity to represent the Club once again is very special,” the All Blacks superstar said.

    The CEO of Wellington Rugby Football Union Matt Evans had nothing but nice words to say about Aumua. Evans is looking forward to having Aumua be apart of the side in the long-term.

    “Asafo is one of the new breeds of hooker who pop up and contribute all over the field. He’s a dynamic and powerful player who consistently puts the teams he’s representing on the front foot,” Evans said.  

    “Being a Wellington man, we are proud to have him contracted to his home province knowing he would have been a welcome addition to any squad around the country.” 

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