Flanker Hoskins Sotutu will remain with Auckland Blues until at least 2022 season after signing a new two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.
Sotutu started his professional rugby career with Auckland in 2018 in the Mitre 10 Cup with his Super Rugby debut coming a year. He has impressive for the club this year in the Super Rugby Aotearoa statistics where he is fourth in the most carries and tops the tackles made.
“I have signed for two more years with the Blues which is great,” said Sotutu. “My goals are for the Blues to kick-on in this competition how we left off before Covid-19, keep the team strong and help them continue to improve.
“It is all about the team for me. I don’t like to look too far ahead. I like to focus on the team I am playing for.”
Son of former blues and Fijian rugby player Waisake Sotutu, the 21-year-old qualifies to play for Fiji and also for England through his mother but his decision to remain with Blues also shows his aspirations to be part of the All Blacks.
"He has a unique skill set which is well-rounded," said Blues coach Leon MacDonald.
"He has set up tries with his kicking and with accurate missed passes yet he can do the core roles of carrying hard, offloading, making his tackles and [is] an asset in the lineout.
"Hoskins got his chance with the work he did pre-season and has continued to deliver game in, game out."
Blues hold the second place in the Super Rugby Aotearoa behind Crusaders after winning all their three matches until now.