Stephen Perofeta: Blues and All Blacks utility back inks new contract

David Skippers

Blues fans have received a boost with the news that Stephen Perofeta has signed a contract extension with the Auckland-based side until at least 2024.

Perofeta, who was called up to the All Blacks squad for their upcoming three-Test series with Ireland, shone during the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season. He was voted Blues Players’ Player of the Year and Back of the Year.

The 25-year-old, who can play at full-back and fly-half, has made 45 appearances for the Blues since joining them in 2017. He played in 14 Super Rugby Pacific matches this year and was the joint top points-scorer of the the tournament with 129 points.

Perofeta has also played in more than 50 matches for Taranaki in New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship (NPC) and has also recommitted to the union where he plays with Blues team-mates Beauden Barrett, Ricky Riccitelli and Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepens.

Happy in Auckland

Perofeta is delighted to continue his journey with the Blues and is especially keen on improving his partnership with All Blacks fly-half Barrett.

“We are developing into a good team of good mates, but we also know there is a lot more to come yet and I’m keen to be part of it,” he told the Blues’ official website. “I have enjoyed this year and loved the relationship with Beauden, both at Taranaki and at the Blues.”

Blues head coach Leon MacDonald is happy that Perofeta will extend his stay at the club.

“Stevie’s development since he came the Blues five years ago has been remarkable, and off the back of an outstanding NPC for Taranaki, he has taken his game to another level, especially forming a unique partnership with Beauden,” he said.

“We are thrilled to have him on the field for at least two more years, while off it, he is one of the most popular people in our organisation, and a very good person who strongly represents our values.”

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