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Sotutu signs for two more seasons

Hoskins Sotutu of the Blues.

Hoskins Sotutu of the Blues.
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Blues number eight Hoskins Sotutu, one of the highlights of this Super Rugby Pacific season, has re-committed to New Zealand Rugby until 2026.

“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 pitch in the coming seasons,” Sotutu said in a statement. released by the Blues on Thursday.

“This club feels like home, I have a lot of friends here who I have played rugby with for many seasons. We are building up well this season and know we have a great game against the Hurricanes this weekend.”

Sotutu was currently the competition’s top scorer with nine tries. His coach, Vern Cotter, said: “Hoskins can do things that no other player in his position can do with ball in hand. His five-point contributions have helped us build pressure on the scoreboard and he gets regular turnovers in lineout and tackle situations.

“He is building his performance from game to game and his consistency is remarkable every week as he plays big minutes. I have no doubt he will help his teammates strive for a top performance this weekend.”

Since making his Blues debut against the Crusaders in 2019, Sotutu has become a mainstay in the Blues pack and was called up to the All Blacks in 2020. He has played 14 Tests and his form this season has led to increasing rumors of a recall. the team under new coach Scott Robertson.

The Blues take on the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Saturday afternoon in a top-of-the-table clash. The Blues have only lost one match this season, and that was against the Hurricanes in round three.

Blues vs. Hurricanes

Kick-off: Saturday, May 11, 4:35 PM

Eden Park, Auckland

Live blog updates on RNZ Sport

Blues: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Mark Tele’a, 13 AJ Lam, 12 Bryce Heem, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Taufa Funaki, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papali’i, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Sam Darry, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Marcel Renata, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi

Bench: 16 Kurt Eklund, 17 Joshua Fusitu’a, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Josh Beehre, 20 Adrian Choat, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Corey Evans, 23 Cole Forbes

Hurricanes: 15 Ruben Love, 14 Josh Moorby, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Kini Naholo, 10 Brett Cameron, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brayden Iose, 7 Peter Lakai, 6 Brad Shields (c), 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Caleb Delany, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Kianu Kereru-Symes, 1 Xavier Numia

Bench: 16 Raymond Tuputupu, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Pasilio Tosi, 19 Justin Sangster, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 22 Richard Judd, 23 Bailyn Sullivan