All Blacks tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina has re-committed to the Blues and New Zealand Rugby to the end of 2017, it has been announced.
The 28-year-old, who has the ability to play both sides of the scrum, has re-signed to play his rugby in New Zealand in 2016 and in 2017.
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew welcomed Faumuina’s recommitment as a great result for New Zealand and the Blues going forward.
“We know that like many players, Charlie had choices available to him. We are delighted he has chosen New Zealand over other options as it helps to anchor the strength of our All Blacks front row and leadership group beyond this year’s World Cup,” Tew revealed to Blues Rugby.
“The international market for good rugby talent is very competitive, and while we can’t always compete financially on the same level as others overseas, we know that for many New Zealand players, there is still great value in the lure of the black jersey and the opportunity to be part of the All Blacks tradition.”
Faumuina added: “I am excited to have extended my commitment to the All Blacks and the Blues post this year’s Rugby World Cup. I have learnt a lot from the 2014 season and feel I have more to give New Zealand Rugby over the next couple of years.”
“Long term, the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017 is another key moment in New Zealand Rugby. The Lions hold a huge amount of history and to potentially be a part of an All Blacks team playing against this iconic team, is hugely motivating.”