All Blacks flyer turns down NRL move, recommits to New Zealand Rugby and Chiefs

David Skippers
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All Blacks and Chiefs utility back Shaun Stevenson.

All Blacks utility back Shaun Stevenson has put pen to paper on a new contract which will see him remain with New Zealand Rugby, the Chiefs and North Harbour until 2025.

Stevenson was a stand-out performer in the Chiefs’ run to this year’s Super Rugby Pacific final and was one of the competition’s leading try scorers.

NRL interest

News of Stevenson‘s new deal will delight Chiefs and All Blacks fans after he revealed last year that NRL outfit Redcliffe Dolphins, who are coached by rugby league legend Wayne Bennett, have tried to sign him.

Following his excellent Super Rugby Pacific form, the 26-year-old made his debut for the All Blacks against the Wallabies in Dunedin, after previously representing the Māori All Blacks and All Blacks XV.

“Shaun had a fantastic season and was duly rewarded with the opportunity to wear the black jersey,” said Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan.

“He has gained a lot of confidence through consistent performances, is a seasoned professional and has that X-factor quality. His vision and anticipation, speed and long kicking game help shape defences and create opportunities to attack.

“We look forward to seeing him light it up again next season.”

Since making his Chiefs debut in 2016, Stevenson represented the Hamilton-based outfit in 84 games. He is a staple player in the teams’ matchday 23 and appeared in every match this season.

North Harbour Rugby head of performance Alex King is thrilled and proud to see Stevenson re-commit to the union.

“His profile and presence in our community is one that a lot of aspiring young players see which inspires them to want to follow in his footsteps. We know Shaun has achieved the highest level, but we also know he has goals that remain unfulfilled. Congratulations Shaun.”

‘Unfinished business to attend to’

Speaking on his contract extension Stevenson said: “I’m excited to don the Gallagher Chiefs’ jersey once again in 2024. There’s unfinished business to attend to. Let’s go!”

The 2024 Chiefs squad will be named later this year ahead of assembly for pre-season training.

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