Perenara turns back on League offers and returns home
NEWS: All Black scrumhalf Thomas Tekanapu Perenara’s brief flirtation with Rugby League is over.
It has been confirmed on Monday that the 66-times capped All Black is heading home – signing a new deal with New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes through to 2023.
The 29-year-old No.9 has resisted the temptation to join the NRL’s Sydney Roosters, following after weeks of speculation of a possible move from the Japan club Red Hurricanes to League.
Perenara has finished his time with the Red Hurricanes in Japan’s Top League following their quarterfinal loss on the weekend and will return to New Zealand.
The 29-year-old announced his re-signing on social media, saying: “My wife and I have decided to come back to the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby for the next two and a half years.
“We’re really excited at the journey, really looking forward to seeing everyone back home and thanks to the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby for allowing me the opportunity to come home and do what I love.”
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Chris Lendrum, NZ Rugby’s General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance, said: “When TJ left for his short stint in Japan we said we’d welcome him home, so we’re delighted that he has signed a contract with us through to 2023. He’s been part of New Zealand rugby for more than a decade and I’m sure his Japanese experience has grown him as a person. We look forward to seeing him on his return.”
Hurricanes CEO Avan Lee added: “We’re delighted TJ is coming home. TJ is 100 percent committed to the ‘Canes and what we want to achieve, so this is a really good day for our team, the organisation, our fans and our key stakeholders.”
Perenara has played 69 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2014, scoring 14 tries.
He is the most capped Hurricane of all time and has played 140 games for the Wellington-based team since making his Super Rugby debut in 2012.
He won a World Cup with the All Blacks in 2015 and a Super Rugby title with the Canes in 2016.