Rugby: Uncapped All Black Stephen Perofeta re-signs to stay with NZ Rugby until end of 2024

Uncapped All Black and Blues playmaker Stephen Perofeta has recommitted to NZ Rugby, extending his contract for a further two years.

Perofeta, 25, is one of six new faces in coach Ian Foster's All Blacks squad for their three-test series against Ireland and has celebrated his call-up by putting pen to paper on a new contract.

He will remain with the Blues in Super Rugby and with Taranaki at provincial level for the duration of his new deal.

Stephen Perofeta for Taranaki.
Stephen Perofeta for Taranaki. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

The extension follows a successful Super Rugby Pacific campaign, in which he led the competition in scoring with 129 points, as the Blues finished runners-up to the Crusaders.

Perofeta also scooped the Blues' Players' Player of the Year and Back of the Year awards, with his presence at fullback allowing All Blacks star Beauden Barrett to make the No.10 jersey his own this year. 

"Stevie's development since he came the Blues five years ago has been remarkable and off the back of an outstanding NPC for Taranaki, he has taken his game to another level, especially forming a unique partnership with Beauden," said coach Leon MacDonald.

"We are thrilled to have him on the field for at least two more years, while off it, he is one of the most popular people in our organisation and a very good person, who strongly represents our values."

This week, fellow Blues star Caleb Clarke also signed on the dotted line to remain in New Zealand through 2024. 

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