Hurricanes duo Asafo Aumua and wing Salesi Rayasi sign contract extensions

The duo will remain with Hurricanes at least until 2021
The duo will remain with Hurricanes at least until 2021

Hurricanes have confirmed that Asafo Aumua and winger Salesi Rayasi have signed new two-year contracts that will keep them with the New Zealand club at least until 2021.

Aumua made his professional rugby debut with provincial side Wellington in 2016 and impressed for Wellington Lions a year later in the Mitre 10 Cup competition. The 21-year-old also played for Super Rugby side Hurricanes four times last season before injury cut short his campaign.

Aumua, who has played for New Zealand Under 20 side in the past was called up the All Blacks' end of the year where he featured against Barbarians and France XV.

Meanwhile, Rayasi, who impressed for Auckland was named in the Hurricanes squad ahead of the 2019 season.

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree believes both the players have the credentials to have a successful future wit the club.

"Salesi has shown us already through the pre-season that he has the hunger and desire to succeed at this level," Plumtree told the official website of Hurricanes.

"We know what Asafo is capable of and he is really keen to play a key role for the Hurricanes in the coming years."

Hurricanes general manager of rugby Ben Castle highlighted the importance of the duo in the club's long -term plan.

"They are two young men who we see as being really important over the next three seasons at least and they are as excited as we are," Castle said.

"They are both local players who grew up in Wellington and we are always keen to develop our local talent."

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