Peter Lakai signs new deal with Hurricanes

Peter Lakai joined Hurricanes in 2023
Peter Lakai joined Hurricanes in 2023

Hurricanes have announced that loose forward Peter Lakai has re-signed with the Super Rugby club until at least at the end of the 2027 season.

A product of Hurricanes development pathway, the 21-year-old made his professional rugby debut with provincial side Wellington in 2020 before making his Super Rugby debut with Hurricanes a year later.

He was the co-captain of the New Zealand Under 20 side which competed in the U20 World Championship in South Africa in 2023.

"I was born in Auckland, but moved here when I was young, so Wellington is home, the Hurricanes is home," he told the club's official website.

"I spent a lot of my childhood supporting the Canes so to run out each week in the jersey means a lot.

“I enjoy being able to play both positions. I have some of the best players in the country to learn off and to be able to work with them each day. They help push me to be better.

“It’s a constant learning curve, the players in our team have so much experience and talent, so you can’t help but want to learn and grow areas of your game.”

Hurricanes head coach Clark Laidlaw is pleased with Lakai remaining committed to the club.

“The core of our squad is really starting to come of age and has been developing over the past few seasons, we’ve been lucky enough to see it come to fruition, with some strong performances in 2024, so 2025 will be an exciting one, that’s for sure.”