Hurricanes lock in talented young guns
CONTRACT NEWS: The Hurricanes today announced contract extensions for a pair of promising youngsters, who have committed their immediate playing futures to the Wellington-based franchise.
Hooker Asafo Aumua and wing Salesi Rayasi have committed to the franchise through until at least the end of the 2021 Super Rugby season.
Aumua burst on to the first-class scene in New Zealand in 2017 when he had a sensational National Provincial Championship season with the Wellington Lions, a year after he had made his debut for the capital side as well as playing a leading role with the New Zealand Under 20 squad.
That form saw him called up to the All Blacks for their end of year tour when he played against the Barbarians and a France XV.
The 21-year-old made his Hurricanes debut last year and went on to feature in four matches before his season was cut short because of injury.
Meanwhile, Rayasi has signalled his immediate playing future is firmly with the Hurricanes as he works towards making his debut.
The 22-year-old former New Zealand Sevens rep was selected for the 2019 Hurricanes squad off the back of a break out year with Auckland as he helped the side win the national Premiership title.
“Salesi has shown us already through the pre-season that he has the hunger and desire to succeed at this level,” Hurricanes coach John Plumtree said.
“We know what Asafo is capable of and he is really keen to play a key role for the Hurricanes in the coming years.”
Hurricanes general manager of rugby Ben Castle said it was important for the franchise to keep looking ahead to the future and Aumua and Rayasi would play a big part in that.
“They are two young men who we see as being really important over the next three seasons at least and they are as excited as we are,” Castle said. “They are both local players who grew up in Wellington and we are always keen to develop our local talent.”
Asafo Aumua | Salesi Rayasi 🔒 pic.twitter.com/pwQjJ9QOxk
— Hurricanes Rugby (@Hurricanesrugby) January 11, 2019