Aumua and Umaga Jensen extended their link with the Wellington club.
Ahead of his Super Rugby Aotearoa game against the Chiefs on Saturday, Hurricanes announced Thursday that he secured the signatures of hooker Asafo Aumua and center Peter Umaga-Jensen for next season. Two players who were key in the last weeks for the team.
The 23-year-old Aumua is hired through the end of 2023 for the Hurricanes and NZ Rugby and joins teammates Tyrel Lomax, Du’Plessis Kirifi and Billy Proctor for the next three years.
Asafo Aumua, who grew up in the Naenae suburb of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, was always a budding star. It started when he was selected for St Patrick’s College Silverstream at age 15 and then became part of the New Zealand Secundary School team and later the selected M20 where he won a World Cup.
Since his 2018 Hurricanes debut against the Crusaders, Aumua has established himself as one of the most dangerous forwards in Super Rugby. Aumua was happy to extend the bond and said that “I grew up seeing people like Jerry Collins, Ma’a Nonu and Tana Umaga and wanted to be like them. Now I can play for Hurricanes, it’s a boy’s dream come true. “
Center Umaga-Jensen has earned a spot on the starting team for the position in recent games against the Chiefs, Blues and Crusaders. In those games he added 207 minutes of playing time and yellow coach Jason Holland says that it is a project to take into account in the next two years: “Pete has gone through our development system and has shown in recent weeks that he is ready to be a dominant force in Super Rugby “, defined the coach.
Umaga –Jensen He played rugby for Wainuiomata from the age of five. He was born and raised in Wellington. He still remembers the Hurricanes of yesteryear and his desire to put on the team jersey one day: “For me it means a lot. I played as a family with this shirt and just being able to be part of this team is as if it were unreal. The family would not forgive me if I was going to play elsewhere.