All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara resigns with Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby

TJ Perenara has played 80 Tests for New Zealand
TJ Perenara has played 80 Tests for New Zealand

New Zealand halfback TJ Perenara has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby and Hurricanes for next two years.

The decision follows despite the 31-year-old underwent a tough campaign having suffered an Achilles injury during New Zealand's clash against England in last year's end of the season tour.

The injury also forced him to miss the entire Super Rugby Pacific season with Hurricanes.

“I’m excited to re-sign with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby,” Perenara said in a statement.

“This last year has been tough missing out through injury, so having the opportunity to come back and play for the teams that I love, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Perenara made his All Blacks debut in 2014 and represented them in the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. He has overall featured in 80 Tests.

He made his provincial debut for Wellington in 2010 and made his Super Rugby debut with Hurricanes in 2012. He went on to play 150 games for Hurricanes and helped the Wellington Lions win the NPC last year.

“TJ is a really important person within the Hurricanes,” Hurricanes CEO Avan Lee said.

“He has grown into an excellent leader and he has so much passion for the jersey and club. We are delighted that he has extended his time with us.”