All Blacks hopeful and ex-England forward commit future to Hurricanes

Jared Wright
Hurricanes forwards Brad Shields and Brayden Iose.

Hurricanes forwards Brad Shields and Brayden Iose.

The Hurricanes have confirmed the re-signings of three influential forwards for the next two Super Rugby Pacific seasons and a fourth for the next three.

Loose forwards Brad Shields and Devan Flanders have re-signed until the end of the 2026 season along with prop Pasilio Tosi, while All Blacks back-row hopeful Brayden Iose has signed an extension until 2027.

It’s a major boost for the Hurricanes, who are reportedly set to lose winger Josh Moorby to French club Montpellier this season while Jordie Barrett heads to Leinster on a short-term deal.

Loose forwards re-sign

Shields returned to the Hurricanes this season after five years in the Northern Hemisphere playing four seasons with Wasps and one with French club Perpignan.

With Ardie Savea missing the Super Rugby Pacific campaign with a stint in Japan, Shields took over the captaincy this season and is now eligible to represent the All Blacks again, having last played for England in 2018.

“The Hurricanes were a team that I looked up to growing up and the team means a lot to my family and I,” Shields said on the confirmation of his re-signing.

“For me, it’s great that my kids are going to be old enough to remember watching their old man play and I’m looking forward to building on 2024, enjoying everyday, both training and playing for the Hurricanes.”

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Meanwhile, in-form number eight Iose said that the decision to remain at the Hurricanes was a “no brainer” after committing to the side for another three seasons.

“For me, the Hurricanes have backed me from the start, and I am genuinely grateful to continue to represent the Hurricanes and the region. I feel like, this is the best place for me to be able to grow my game, and like the other boys, it’s exciting to be able to build on the foundations here in Wellington,” he said.

Flanders is nearing his 50th appearance for the side and is looking to improve with the side in the coming seasons.

“I’m extremely happy to secure the next two years at this club. We’ve made huge strides and it’s an exciting time to be part of the club. So to commit for another couple of seasons and be able to grow the connections we have built is exciting,” he added.

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Prop Tosi extends

Prop Tosi is another star who has enjoyed a breakout season with the Hurricanes particularly after making the shift from back-row to the front-row and been recommended to the side by ex-Canes’ coach Dan Cron.

“Since joining the Hurricanes, I’ve loved the environment and the connection within the team,” he said.

“The coaches have helped me work on my craft and I love to be able to run out in the jersey, representing my family and this team. I’m looking forward to creating more memories in the swirl.”

Head Coach Clark Laidlaw added: “We’ve got real depth in our loose forwards with quality across the group, it’s been amazing to see how Brad has come back in and shown real leadership.

“Devan has been with the team since 2020, and Brayden since 2021, with their ability clear for everyone to see. As for Pasi – he’s shown he can mix it with the best props in the competition which is a testament to his ability to learn a new position and continue to challenge himself.”

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