New Zealand Rugby and the Blues have secured the key signature of All Blacks lock and Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu.
According to the All Blacks’ official website, the 27-year-old has re-signed until the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Tuipulotu has played 30 Tests for the All Blacks and 74 matches for the Blues since making his Test and Super Rugby debuts in 2014.
“I am pleased to continue to play for New Zealand Rugby and the Blues until 2023 and excited about the future,” Tuipulotu said.
“During the lockdown I realised more than ever how much I love this game and love playing for the Blues. We are beginning to develop into a really good side and it is an honour to lead them.
“I am still young and learning all the time, and I want to establish myself as an international player.”
All Blacks coach Ian Foster added: “This is fantastic news for New Zealand Rugby and the Blues.