All Blacks rookies Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita re-sign with Hurricanes on multi-year deals

New All Blacks Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita have signed new contracts with the Hurricanes which have seen them re-commit to the Wellington Super Rugby franchise for the 2018 season and beyond.

Laumape will remain with the Hurricanes and the Manawatu Turbos for at least two more seasons while Fifita has extended his contracts with Wellington Rugby and the Hurricanes through to the end of 2020.

"Coming back to rugby union from rugby league in 2016 was a massive challenge, but the Hurricanes coaches have made the transition a lot easier and I’ve loved every minute," Laumape said.

"The Hurricanes environment has really helped me develop my game and I can’t wait to continue that progress over the next two seasons."

The Hurricanes' second five is continually learning in the All Blacks camp, Savea says. Source: 1 NEWS

Laumape made his All Blacks debut against The British and Irish Lions during the second Test of the series earlier this month in Wellington after a standout Super Rugby season this year.

Fifita also pulled on the black jersey for the first this year too after coming off the bench and scoring on debut while playing against Samoa at Eden Park.

Fifita and Barrett have been named on the bench for tomorrow's clash against Samoa in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

"Representing the All Blacks was a dream come true and I'm thankful to the Hurricanes coaching staff for helping me realise my potential," Fifita said.

"I know I still have a long way to go and the Hurricanes is the right place for me to continue my career."

The announcement came with two other players agreeing to sign with the team - Matt Proctor and Geoff Cridge.

Proctor agreed to another two years with Wellington and the Hurricanes while 22-year-old Cridge, a lock from the Hawke's Bay, said he was grateful to the Hurricanes coaching staff for showing faith in him after an injury interrupted 2017 has seen him unable to add to his single Super Rugby appearance.

The Hurricanes host the undefeated Super Rugby leaders in the Crusaders at Westpac Stadium on Saturday with a 7:30pm kickoff.

The former Warriors player Laumape has been named on the bench for the All Blacks against the Lions in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

'I'm weighing things up at the moment' - Waisake Naholo considering switch to Chiefs

All Blacks and Highlanders star Waisake Naholo is weighing up a switch to fellow Super Rugby side the Chiefs at the end of the current season.

The destructive winger is off-contract with New Zealand Rugby at the end of the season, leaving him free to choose from a number of sides vying for his signature.

Since shifting south from the Blues in 2015, Naholo has shone for the Highlanders, helping them to their maiden Super Rugby crown the same year, earning an All Blacks call-up for the 2015 Rugby World Cup triumph.

However, the desire to be closer to his Taranaki-based family could see Naholo trade the Highlanders jersey for the Chiefs, Naholo told  the NZ Herald.

"I'm weighing things up at the moment and will hopefully come up with a decision in a few more weeks and see where I go from there," Naholo said.

"If I come up to the Chiefs I'll be closer to them and being close to family is important for my rugby career. It helps a lot with many things, but all this time I've been by myself so I don't mind."

The option to play overseas is also on the table for the nine-Test All Blacks winger, although he appears to have his heart set on staying in New Zealand.

"I'd like to stay in New Zealand for at least one more year and go from there."

Naholo will be back in action for the Highlanders against the Reds in Dunedin on Friday night, having been a part of the All Blacks' 1-1 series draw with the British and Irish Lions.

Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders makes a break during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 24th February 2017. Credit: Joe Allison /
Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders makes a break against the Chiefs. Source: Photosport


Lions player Kyle Sinckler arrested in Auckland early Sunday morning, hours after final Test against All Blacks

Lions player Kyle Sinckler was arrested in Auckland after his team's draw with the All Blacks on Saturday.

In a statement, police say they attended a "minor disorder" incident in the early hours of Sunday morning in central Auckland.

"A male was placed under arrest but was not charged after further inquiries established that the incident did not warrant prosecution. He was then taken to his accommodation by police," the statement said.

Fairfax Media reported the arrest happened in Galway St in Britomart where there is a hub of bars and clubs.   

Sinckler was also the Lions' player invovled in an altercation with All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea after the Lions' 24-21 victory over New Zealand in Wellington on July 1.

After the final whistle, Sinckler appeared to aggravate Perenara and Savea, allegedly refusing to walk through a guard of honour formed by the All Blacks for the Lions to leave the field, the trio traded insults before becoming physically involved.

Kyle Sinckler spoke to media about his side's scrum tactics before taking on the Highlanders tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS