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New Zealand star extends stay after rejecting tempting offers

Center Ngani Laumape has commit to New Zealand, after extending his contract with New Zealand Rugby, Hurricanes Super Rugby team and Manawatu Mitre 10 Championship team until 2021.

25-year-old Laumape made his Investec Super Rugby and provincial debut for the Hurricanes and Manawatu respectively in 2016 and his All Blacks debut in 2017. He has played 10 times for the All Blacks, 44 Super Rugby games and 14 Manawatu matches.

Despite attracting interest from overseas clubs, the Midfielder has opted to continue career in New Zealand, where he will be looking to add to his 10 international appearances.

“It was a decision that I feel really happy with and it also gives me and my family security to know where we will be to at least the end of 2021,” he said.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen was delighted with Laumape’s decision to stay.

“Ngani is part of a crop of outstanding young All Blacks who are taking their opportunities on the international stage, and we congratulate him on his decision.
He’s a talented footballer and really maturing and growing his game in the midfield position. We look forward to seeing Ngani in the All Blacks and Hurricanes jerseys for some years to come.”

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