The 24-year-old halfback made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 for the Hurricanes and his All Black debut in 2018.

Tahuriorangi is thrilled with the contract extension.

“It was an easy decision for me and my partner to make. My whanau are exceptionally important to me and I’m looking forward to having them continue with me on this journey,” he said.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper is also happy that he will continue with the Chiefs franchise.

“It is great news to have Te Toiroa re-sign through till 2021. He is part of a great group of young men we have here. We have all seen he is a talented player and we know he will only keep improving in the years to come. We look forward to seeing Te Toiroa represent the Gallagher Chiefs and continue to strive for higher honours.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that he is looking forward to see Tahuriorangi develop his game.

“Te Toiroa made a really good start in his debut season with the All Blacks, and he now has to continue to develop his game at both Super Rugby and international level. We look forward to watching him and his game grow even further over the next few seasons,” he said.

Together with Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara and Brad Weber, the Kiwis have got a lot of brilliant halfback options.

One of this four will probably miss out on World Cup selection later this year.


Written by Carl Coertzen

Image: NZ Herald