All Blacks wing Emoni Narawa re-signs with Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby



One-Test All Black Emoni Narawa has renewed his contract with Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby until the end of 2026.

Narawa, who scored his first try against Argentina in Mendoza last year, suffered back injuries during last year's international season and ended up missing the Rugby World Cup.

The 24-year-old returned from injury in round five against the Highlanders and has not looked back with the winger crossing for eight tries in just six appearances in Super Rugby Pacific.

In an exciting development for both the Chiefs and potentially the All Blacks, the back three of Shaun Stevenson, Etienne-Nanai-Sitoru and Narawa have recommitted themselves to new deals.

“It is great to have Emone back with the Gallagher Chiefs for the next few years,” coach Clayton McMillan said in a statement.

“He has always had huge potential and it has been a real pleasure to see that talent realized over the last few seasons, exemplified by his selection as an All Black in 2023.”

“Emony has an incredible ability to see space and create opportunities for himself and others,” he added. “He is an important member of the team and a real character and contributes greatly on and off the pitch.

“Many people have contributed to Emoni's journey, but none more so than his young family. They have given him stability and a real purpose in life, and we are grateful that they too will continue to be part of the Chiefs whanau.”

Narawa had a smile on his face after the All Blacks' 41-12 win over Los Pumas last July as the new winger walked off the pitch and into the tunnel carrying some trophies.

It looked like the start of an exciting international season for the rising star, but back injuries ended up sidelining Narawa for the rest of 2023 and the early part of this year as well.

Narawa was seen running on the pitch at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium ahead of Bledisloe II in a bid to be fit for the World Cup, and his rehabilitation appears to be going well.

But the speedster aggravated the injury again in Lyon ahead of New Zealand's opening Rugby World Cup match against hosts France and was subsequently sent home and replaced.

With so much to achieve within New Zealand rugby, Narawa is excited to re-sign with the Chiefs and NZR for a little longer.

“I am truly fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity to extend my time with the Chiefs through 2026,” Narawa said.

“This club is our family and has certainly helped me become the player I am today. God is generous, excited for what's to come.”





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