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Sotutu staying with Blues, NZ Rugby

Hoskins Sotutu is staying with NZ Rugby and the Blues
Hoskins Sotutu is staying with the Blues and New Zealand Rugby for a couple more seasons PHOTO: MIKE MORAN /LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Powerful No.8 and form player of DHL Super Rugby Pacific, Hoskins Sotutu, has extended his time at the Blues through to the end of the 2026 season.


Sotutu, a pivotal figure in the Blues squad, has shown outstanding form throughout the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season, in what has been a great season so far.  



Since making his Blues debut in 2019 against the Crusaders, Sotutu has become a mainstay in the Blues pack, consistently delivering exceptional performances. 


In the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season to-date, Sotutu is the leading try scorer (9) while recording a further five try assists. He has averaged 7.9 metres per carry in this campaign – the best rate of any forward in the competition (min 50 carries).


Sotutu expressed his gratitude for continuing his journey with the Blues. 


"I'm incredibly proud and honored to extend my time with the Blues. This club means a lot to me, and I'm committed to contributing my best both on and off the field in the coming seasons," said Sotutu.


Blues GM Rugby, Murray Williams, praised Sotutu's recommitment to the club.


"Hoskins is a rare talent and his form in the 2024 season to-date has been without peer. We're thrilled to have him continue with the club as a cornerstone of our squad," said Williams.


Sotutu also praised the family feel at the Blues.


“This club feels like home to me, I’ve got a lot of mates here who I’ve played many seasons of rugby alongside. We’re building nicely this season and know we have a massive match this weekend against the Hurricanes – it promises to be a great game in the afternoon sun.”


Blues Head Coach, Vern Cotter, said Sotutu has stepped his game up this season.


“Hoskins can do things no other player in his position can do with ball in hand. His five point contributions have helped us build scoreboard pressure and he’s getting regular turnovers at lineout and tackle situations,” said Cotter.


“He’s building his performance from game-to-game and his consistency each week is remarkable considering he’s playing big minutes.”


“I have no doubt he will help his team mates seek a top performance this weekend,” said Cotter. 



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