Chiefs centre Quinn Tupaea has committed his immediate future with the Super Rugby club and Waikato after signing a new contract until the end of 2023.
Having started his professional rugby career with provincial side Waikato, the 22-year-old made his Super Rugby debut for Chiefs in 2020 and has gone on to play 16 appearances for the club since then.
“I was born and bred in Hamilton, so to play for the Gallagher Chiefs and Waikato was always a childhood dream of mine," he told the club's official website.
"There is a great group of guys I get to work with every day, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent my whanau and this region. I look forward to continuing to contribute to this team and to see what we can achieve.”
He also had represented New Zealand Under 20 and Maori All Blacks sides in the past.
Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan lavished praise on Tupaea and is expecting to propel his career with the club.
“Tupaea is a powerful midfielder, who has been an impressive performer for us this year.
"He is exceptionally professional and is continuing to grow in all aspects of his game. We are looking forward to seeing what he will continue to achieve.”
Chiefs hold the fifth place in the Super Rugby Trans Tasman table with wins in both their opening games and will lock horns with Queensland Reds next at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on 29th May.