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Blues keep Tu'ungafasi for two more years

Updated: May 23

The Blues have confirmed the re-signing prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi for an additional two years,
 Ofa Tu'ungafasi will stay with the Blues and New Zealand Rugby for two more seasons. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Blues have confirmed the re-signing of prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi for an additional two years, through until the end of 2026.


Tu’ungafasi, with 144 matches, is currently the second-most capped Blues player of all-time, sitting behind club legend Keven Mealamu (164). 



Since his debut in 2013 against the Hurricanes, Tu’ungafasi has been a stalwart figure at the Blues, he was part of the championship-winning 2014 World Club Tens team and the 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman side.


The 122kg prop said he was keen to add to his legacy in the Blues jersey.


"The Blues holds a special place in my heart, and I'm honoured to extend my journey here,” said Tu’ungafasi. 


Tu'ungafasi's influence extends beyond his longevity, having consistently demonstrated leadership on and off the field. 

His support of initiatives such as the ‘Best Foot Forward for Tonga’ and the Blues community outreach during last season’s extreme weather events in Auckland show his dedication to the club and the region’s people.


“I’m proud to have played so much rugby for one club and it’s been cool to grow as a person and a player with the Blues.” 


“I take a lot of pride in contributing not only to our Blues community but also to the development of our younger players. It’s great to work with the new front-rowers and I’m committed to ensuring we build strength in that area,” he said.


Tu’ungafasi’s contract renewal underscores the Blues’ commitment to securing top-tier talent and maintaining its competitive edge in the upcoming seasons of Super Rugby Pacific.

 Head of Blues Rugby Murray Williams lauded Tu'ungafasi's re-signing, emphasising his invaluable contribution to the team. 


"Ofa's work ethic is second to none and his prowess in the scrum is unmatched. He brings a positive vibe and good-natured spirit to our club, we’re stoked to have him with us for another two seasons,” said Williams.


Williams further highlighted the significance of Tu'ungafasi's presence in the squad.


"Having Ofa on board for the next two seasons reinforces our aspirations to drive towards winning a Super Rugby Pacific Championship. His experience, coupled with his unwavering commitment to the Blues, will undoubtedly inspire our pursuit of silverware."

The Blues are away to the Crusaders in Round 14 of Super Rugby Pacific on Saturday (kick-off 7.05pm).


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