Laumape, Fifita in new Canes rugby deals

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:12 AM Freshly capped All Blacks Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita have extended their Super Rugby deals with the Hurricanes.

Laumape and Fifita, plus midfielder Matt Proctor and lock Geoff Cridge, signed new deals on Wednesday to keep them in black and yellow.

The 24-year-old Laumape, after playing two British and Irish Lions Tests, will stay in Wellington until at least 2019. Fifita, coming off the bench last month against Samoa, will remain until 2020.

Each earned a Super Rugby winner's medal in the side's victorious 2016 season.

Laumape, a rugby league convert who joined the Hurricanes in 2016, thanked the side's coaching staff for helping him adjust to the 15-a-side game.

Fifita said he couldn't see himself anywhere else.

"I've learned so much since joining the Hurricanes in 2015 and I feel very lucky to have been part of the club over the past three years," the 25-year-old said.

"Representing the All Blacks was a dream come true and I'm thankful to the Hurricanes' coaching staff for helping me realise my potential. I know I still have a long way to go, and the Hurricanes is the right place for me."

Proctor, a Maori All Black, will also remain in the Kiwi capital until 2019, while Cridge has been given another year to demonstrate his worth.

Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said he couldn't wait to see the quartet do the business for the Hurricanes in coming years.

"All of these guys are in their early to mid-20s, and that allows us to move forward with some real confidence," he said.

Source: AAP

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