6 Feb 2019

Laumape re-commits to New Zealand Rugby

7:25 am on 6 February 2019

The All Blacks midfielder Ngani Laumape has extended his contract with New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes to the end of 2021.

Ngani Laumape.

Ngani Laumape. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 25-year-old Laumape made his Super Rugby and provincial debut for the Hurricanes and Manawatu respectively in 2016 and his All Blacks debut in 2017.

He has played 10 times for the All Blacks, 44 Super Rugby games and 14 Manawatu matches

Laumape said that while he had received offers to head overseas at the end of the 2019 season, he felt it was the best thing for himself and his family to continue to play for the Hurricanes, look to again play for the All Blacks, as well as extend his provincial contract.

"It was a decision that I feel really happy with and it also gives me and my family security to know where we will be to at least the end of 2021," he said.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen believes Laumape has a big future.

"Ngani is part of a crop of outstanding young All Blacks who are taking their opportunities on the international stage, and we congratulate him on his decision. He's a talented footballer and really maturing and growing his game in the midfield position. We look forward to seeing Ngani in the All Blacks and Hurricanes jerseys for some years to come."

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree was equally delighted that Laumape would continue to be at the club beyond 2019.

"To get Ngani committed to being at the Hurricanes until 2021, so soon after Dane Coles also announced he was staying, it's more great news for us," he said.

"We believe Ngani will continue to get better. We have all seen how destructive and effective he is in the midfield for us and he is a guy who other players want to team up with."