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Super Rugby Pacific: Hoskins Sotutu extends deal with Blues after strong form in 2024

The Super Rugby form player will remain with the Blues, giving them a boost as they chase an elusive championship this year.

Powerhouse No. 8 Hoskins Sotutu has extended his time with the Auckland franchise until the end of the 2026 season.

Sotutu has shown excellent form this season, cementing his status as one of the best No.8 players in the country and he could be eyeing a return to the All Blacks.

Since his Blues debut in 2019 against the Crusaders, Sotutu has become a mainstay in the Blues pack, consistently putting in exceptional performances.

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In the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season to date, Sotutu is the leading try scorer (9), while recording a further five try assists. He has averaged 7.9 yards per carry this campaign – the best speed of any forward in the league (min. 50 carries).

Sotutu expressed his gratitude for continuing his journey with the Blues.

“I am incredibly proud and honored to extend my time with the Blues. This club means a lot to me and I am determined to give my best both on and off the field in the coming seasons.”

Blues general manager Murray Williams praised Sotutu’s renewed commitment to the club.

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“Hoskins is a rare talent and his form in the 2024 season so far is second to none. We are very pleased that he will remain at the club as a cornerstone of our squad.”

Sotutu also praised the family feeling at the Blues and looked ahead to the top-flight match against the Hurricanes this weekend.

“This club feels like home, I have many friends here with whom I have played rugby for many seasons. We are building up well this season and know we have a great game against the Hurricanes this weekend. It promises to be a great match in the afternoon sun.”

Blues head coach Vern Cotter said Sotutu has stepped up his game this season.

“Hoskins can do things that no other player in his position can do with the ball in hand. His five-point contributions have helped us build pressure on the scoreboard and he regularly concedes turnovers in lineout and tackle situations,” said Cotter.

“He builds his performance from game to game and his consistency each week is remarkable as he plays big minutes.”

“I have no doubt he will help his teammates look for a top performance this weekend,” said Cotter.