Super Rugby: Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape extends contract with NZ Rugby

Ngani Laumpae in action for the Hurricanes.
Ngani Laumpae in action for the Hurricanes. Photo credit: Photosport

Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape will terrorise Super Rugby backlines for at least another three seasons after extending his contract.

The 25-year-old will remain with the Wellington-based franchise and be available to play for Manawatu in the Mitre 10 Cup.

Laumape made the jump to rugby in 2016, after three seasons with the New Zealand Warriors, making his All Black debut a year later. He has played 10 times for the All Blacks, 44 Super games for the Hurricanes and 14 matches for the Turbos.

On Wednesday, Laumape indicated that the lure of the All Black jersey played a big role in his decision to stay, despite lucrative overseas offers.

"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 expressed his delight at the news, believing Laumape has much more to offer in the future.

"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," said Hansen.

"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."

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said Laumape's decision to extend his time with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby was another positive signal.

"We know how much of an impact it can have on other players, when they see the likes of Ngani staying and wanting to continue with the Hurricanes. We are really pleased he will be here, with us, for at least the next three years."