Hawke's Bay Magpies first five-eighth, Lincoln McClutchie, is Moana Pasifika's latest signing for the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season.
The 22-year-old from Ngāti Porou has played a pivotal role in the Magpies Ranfurly Shield defences this season and has developed a formidable pairing with team-mate and recently announced Moana Pasifika halfback, Ereatara Enari.
He burst on to the rugby scene in 2016, steering Hastings Boys' High School to consecutive National Barbarians top four tournament finals, collecting the title in 2017.
After two impressive seasons in the New Zealand Secondary School team, McClutchie committed to his home province of Hawke's Bay and made his provincial rugby debut just months after leaving high school.
NAU MAI, HAERE MAI E HOA— Moana Pasifika Rugby (@MoanaPasifika_) October 20, 2021
The magician pulling the strings at the Hawke's Bay Magpies has joined the Moana Pasifika whānau for 2022 @SuperRugbyNZ @SuperRugby @hbmagpies
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At the culmination of the 2019 provincial rugby season, he departed New Zealand to play for the Red Hurricanes in Japan. He went on to make three appearances for the club before the season was cut short due to Covid-19.
McClutchie returned to the Magpies and has notched up 38 games in the black and white hoops since his debut in 2018.
McClutchie joins Samoan trio Neria Fomai, Tomasi Alosio and Henry Taefu, Tongan loose forwards Sione Tu'ipulotu and Solomone Funaki, Wallabies first five Christian Lealiifano and former Crusaders halfback Ereatara Enari.
More players are set to be revealed this week.