Rugby: All Blacks, Crusaders utility David Havili extends stay with NZ Rugby until 2025

  • 16/03/2023

Utility back David Havili has re-committed with NZ Rugby through until the end of 2025.

Havili has inked a new deal which will keep him with Tasman, the Crusaders, and the All Blacks for another three years.

The 28-year-old hopes to add to his impressive list of accolades, which includes six consecutive Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders and two National Provincial Championship crowns as captain of the Mako.

"I'm very happy and grateful to be re-signing with New Zealand Rugby and I'm looking forward to the future," Havili said.

"From when I was a young kid, I’ve always wanted to play professional rugby. So to have the opportunity to play for my three favourite teams - Tasman, the Crusaders and the All Blacks - for a few more years is special and something that I didn’t want to give up just yet."

Although he primarily features in the midfield, Havili's ability to play multiple positions throughout the backline should continue to be an asset for the All Blacks for a huge upcoming international season, highlighted by the World Cup in France.

He's played in 22 of a possible 28 tests since his debut against Argentina in 2017.

"To coach someone that has multiple skills, that can play in so many different positions at a world-class level, is so unique,' said Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

"He has a skill factor, but a toughness factor too. He's tough as a trainer, tough as a player and tough on himself. He's got true grit in him.

"For him to sign on until 2025 and be so loyal just shows what it means to him to play rugby here in New Zealand. It shows how much we value him and how much he values us.

Tyrel Lomax.
Tyrel Lomax. Photo credit: Photosport

"He is still young enough to get better, and he wants to compete. So, while he's at his peak and getting better now, it's great to have him still here."

Also re-signing with NZR is his Mako cohort, All Blacks and Hurricanes prop Tyrel Lomax.

The 26-year-old has extended his stay in New Zealand until the end of the 2026 season.

Lomax was a revelation in the All Blacks' front-row last year during a breakthrough international campaign.

"My family and I are very happy to have re-signed with Tasman, the Hurricanes and NZR – three outfits I feel very privileged to represent," Lomax said.

 The Māori All Blacks prop made his debut in 2018 and has since played 23 tests for New Zealand.