Super Rugby: Blues re-sign Tom Robinson as one of seven contract extensions

The breakout star of the Blues revival, Tom Robinson, has signed on for two more years in Auckland.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old was one of seven players to extend their deals with the franchise through until 202.

Also secured were James Parsons, TJ Faiane, Sione Mafileo, Otere Black, and Stephen Perofeta, while young star Caleb Clarke has signed until 2022.

Robinson's abrasive, enthusiastic approach and red flowing locks have made him a favourite with fans and his coaches.

Assistant coach Tom Coventry believes he epitomises everything the resurgent side stands for.

"He's been the personification of the Blues this year," said assistant coach Tom Coventry.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve, and he's one of those guys who's coming to you all the time looking to be better. As a coach, I think that's all you can ask for."

Faiane, who was sidelined for the first two years of his professional career with injury, captained Auckland to its Mitre 10 Cup success and has carried on that outstanding form to date this season.

"TJ has taken his game to a new level in Super Rugby, and is working well alongside Ma’a and Sonny in the midfield," added head coach Leon MacDonald. "His work ethic in training is excellent and he is a key leader in our club."

While Perofeta has been stung by long-term injury, Black has overcome his season-ending injury last year to steer the side admirably.

"Otere is a calm and decisive head on young shoulders who is steering us around the park with maturity beyond his years, while Stephen remains an important part of our squad."

Locking down the hugely promising talent of Clarke is a huge boost for the franchise.

"Caleb is a product of our development pathway and while he is still just 20, he has immense talent and is a tremendous and humble young man who is a real contributor to our club."


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