'Excellent leader': All Black star reveals his future plan
NEWS: Thomas Perenara, the first player to reach 150 games for the Hurricanes has recommitted to the franchise and New Zealand Rugby for a further two years.
The All Black scrumhalf’s new will see him remain at the club until the end of 2025.
Since a memorable hat-trick on debut in 2012, the then 20-year-old quickly became a Hurricanes fan favourite, nailing down the number nine jersey.
Upon recommitting to the Hurricanes for 2024 and 2025 Perenara said: “I’m excited to re-sign with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby.
“This last year has been tough missing out through injury, so having the opportunity to come back and play for the teams that I love, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Alongside his 150 matches for the Hurricanes, Perenara, of Ngati Rangatihi descent has made 80 appearances for the All Blacks and has represented the Māori All Blacks and All Blacks XV
Hurricanes CEO, Avan Lee said he was thrilled to retain the scrumhalf for the next two seasons.
“TJ is a really important person within the Hurricanes. He has grown into an excellent leader and he has so much passion for the jersey and club. We are delighted that he has extended his time with us.”
A Super Rugby champion in 2016, Perenara spent 2021 in Japan with NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes and led the side to the quarterfinals of the then, Japan Top League. Returning to NZ, he quickly re-established himself in the All Blacks set-up.
31-year-old Perenara has played 150 games for the Hurricanes, scoring 292 points. He is the second most-capped Hurricane, has won a World Cup, alongside Super Rugby and an NPC title with the Wellington Lions.