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Asafo Aumua can be in Hurricanes colors for an additional three years after signing a contract extension.
Two of the Hurricanes’ standouts of latest weeks have prolonged their time within the capital.
Forward of their Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa match in opposition to the Chiefs on Saturday, the Hurricanes introduced on Thursday they’d secured the signatures of hooker Asafo Aumua and centre Peter Umaga-Jensen.
Aumua, 23, is contracted till the top of 2023 to the Hurricanes and NZ Rugby, becoming a member of team-mates Tyrel Lomax, Du’Plessis Kirifi and Billy Proctor as confirmed in Wellington for the subsequent three years.
Savea stated he is simply taking advantage of the second after a whirlwind return to New Zealand.
Umaga-Jensen, 22, signed a one-year extension and can be with the Hurricanes till 2022.
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The pair’s contract announcement adopted star fullback Jordie Barrett recomitting to the Hurricanes for subsequent yr, the ultimate yr of his present take care of NZR.
Aumua has been excellent in Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa in tandem with senior hooker Dane Coles who reclaims the beginning hooker’s jersey for Saturday, their remaining residence sport of 2020.
The previous St Patrick’s School Silverstream, New Zealand Colleges and world championship-winning NZ Underneath-20 hooker made his Hurricanes debut in opposition to the Crusaders in 2018.
His rampaging bursts with ball in hand, highly effective defence and correct lineout throwing made him one of many one of many extra threatening forwards in Tremendous Rugby of late.
“I grew up watching the likes of Jerry Collins, Ma’a Nonu and Tana Umaga and I wished to be like them. Now I get to play for the Hurricanes, it’s a childhood dream come true,” he stated.
Coach Jason Holland believes even greater honours are on the horizon for Aumua who received an All Blacks tour callup in 2017 after an enormous provincial season for Wellington.
“Asafo is an incredible energy athlete who’s dominant in every thing he does. His accuracy round his set piece has grown over the previous couple of years and we count on him to go to the very prime of the sport.”
Umaga-Jensen earned begins in opposition to the Chiefs, Blues and Crusaders throughout the Hurricanes’ profitable run, forcing his well past common centre Vince Aso and proving a handful along with his exhausting, straight working and common line breaks.
Holland stated: “Pete has come by our improvement system and has proven in the previous couple of weeks that he’s able to be a dominant pressure in Tremendous Rugby.”
Umaga-Jensen emerged from the Wainuiomata membership and follows within the bootprints of uncle Tana Umaga who was a former crowd favorite in Wellington.
“It means heaps to me; I’ve had household play on this jersey and simply to be part of that’s an unreal feeling. Household most likely wouldn’t speak to me if I went wherever else.”
The Hurricanes nonetheless have a handful of this yr’s squad whose contracts expire on the finish of this season, together with Vaea Fifita, Ben Could, Fraser Armstrong, Gareth Evans, Jackson Backyard-Bachop and fellow first five-eighth Fletcher Smith.