All Blacks and Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby [NZR] and the Blues, it was announced on Wednesday.
Tu’ungafasi will stay in New Zealand until 2024, which makes him the first All Black to reconfirm his allegiance to New Zealand beyond the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The 28-year-old, who this month is set to become the Blues’ seventh centurion, said he was excited to continue playing in New Zealand.
“Myself and my family love it here. It’s our home and our extended families are here,” said Tu’ungafasi.
“I am a Blues player through-and-through. I love the club and the people. We are developing something special on and off the field at the club and I want to be part of it for the next few years.
“I am also blessed to have played for New Zealand at one Rugby World Cup and will be doing everything in my power to play in the next one and hopefully help the All Blacks bring the trophy back home.”
Chris Lendrum, New Zealand Rugby’s general manager Professional Rugby & Performance, said re-signing Tu’ungafasi was significant for NZR.
Tuungafasi will play his 99th game for the Blues if selected for this Sunday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa game against the Crusaders at Eden Park.
Ofa Tu’ungafasi signs a new contract with New Zealand Rugby (NZR)