All Black and Blues prop re-signs for another two years

All Black and Blues winger Ofa Tu'ungafasi has re-signed a new two-year contract that will keep him in New Zealand until the end of 2026.

Since making his debut in 2013 for the Blues, he has made 144 appearances, becoming a club legend in the process and winning the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman title in 2021.

Toongafasi could become the Blues' most capped player of all time, with legendary hooker Kevin Mealamo holding the record with 164 caps.

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He made his All Black debut in 2016, has won 59 caps, and featured in two Rugby World Cups in 2019 and 2023. His new deal will take him to the eve of the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

“The Blues hold a special place in my heart, and I am honored to continue my journey here,” Tongvasi said in a statement.

“I'm proud to have played so much rugby for one club and it's been great to develop as a person and player with the Blues.

“I am very proud to contribute not only to our Blues community but also to the development of our young players. It is great to work with the new front row and I am committed to ensuring we build strength in this area.

The Blues are bidding for their first Super Rugby Pacific title and currently sit at the top of the ladder ahead of a rivalry clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch this weekend.

They are looking to secure the top seed over the final two weeks of the regular season in which they will likely host the final at Eden Park.

The club is examining the legality of including Beauden Barrett for the rest of the season after the returning player finished his season in Japan.


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