Tupou Vaa'i signs contract extension with New Zealand Rugby until 2025

Tupou Vaa'i has played 15 times for New Zealand
Tupou Vaa'i has played 15 times for New Zealand

All Blacks lock Tupou Vaa'i has committed his immediate future with New Zealand Rugby after signing a contract extension until 2025.

Vaa'i made his provincial rugby debut for Taranaki in 2018 and went on to make his Super Rugby debut for Chiefs in 2020. He has gone on to make 31 Super Rugby appearances for Chiefs since then.

He was also part of the Chiefs squad that reached the final of Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2021 when they were defeated by Crusaders in the final.

"I believe we've got a good crew, so I'm excited to see what we can accomplish together. Also, FMG Stadium Waikato is one of the best rugby grounds around and filled with loyal supporters."

Vaa'i has continued his growth with the All Blacks in the Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship and will be part of the side for its northern tour for Tests against Japan, Wales, Scotland and England.

The 22-year-old made his All Blacks debut in 2020 and has featured for them in 15 Tests. He has been selected in the team's squad for the end of the year series after being part of their Rugby Championship campaign.

“Tupou has really impressed in his time with the All Blacks, and we see his signing as critical in our long-term plans. Great news,” said New Zealand head coach Ian Foster.