Crusaders confirm signing of Moana Pasifika star
NEWS: The Crusaders have confirmed the signing of Levi Aumua for the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season on a two-year deal.
Aumua has played Super Rugby for Moana Pasifika since their inaugural season in 2022, and spent time with the Chiefs in 2018 and the Blues in 2019.
He plays for Tasman Mako in the NPC, having clocked up nearly 50 appearances for the Nelson-based side over two stints, the first between 2017-2019, the second from 2021 onwards.
He was also selected for the All Blacks XV in 2022 to play their northern tour in Dublin and London.
“Levi is an extremely exciting player and we’re looking forward to him bringing his own point of difference to the playing group we’re building here at the Crusaders,” said Angus Gardiner, Crusaders General Manager Professional Rugby.
“He’s had an outstanding season with Moana Pasifika, his stats are undeniable and his outputs across the park are very high.”
As an athlete who could play multiple positions, from the midfield to the outside, Gardiner said Aumua had showed what he could do – “we’re excited about helping him achieve his goals”.
“His versatility will really open up our selection options in the ’24 season,” he said.
On leaving Moana Pasifika, Aumua said he had “never been in a team like this – the memories created will last a lifetime”.
“I would like to say how very thankful I am to Moana Pasifika for providing me the platform over the last few years to get on the field to play and express myself with a great group of players,” Aumua said.
“In my career I have been lucky enough to play all over the world, but in recent times my desire to try play for the All Blacks has intensified. At the end of last year, I got a small taste with the All Blacks XV which only strengthened my hunger to play for the All Blacks.
“With this in mind, I have decided to commit myself to the Crusaders for the next two years, a group I know well from my time with Tasman Makos.
“For now, my focus is on finishing the season strong with Moana.”