Rieko Ioane became the latest All Blacks star to extend his contract with New Zealand Rugby until after next year’s Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old has committed to staying in New Zealand to play for his country and the Blues, an Auckland-based Super Rugby Pacific franchise.
Last season, the Blues reached the Super Rugby final before falling to the Crusaders at home.
“I love the turnaround we’ve had, and I’m excited to keep building on what we’ve accomplished as a team,” Ioane added.
The quick-footed centre has played 56 Tests and is expected to play a key role in the All Blacks’ bid to win the Rugby World Cup in France next year.
The All Blacks depart for Tokyo this weekend, with Ioane in the squad for tour games against Japan, Wales, Scotland, and England.
“I feel like we’ve started something special with the All Blacks,” Ioane said.
“I’m looking forward to a massive northern your and putting in the work to get us ready for next year.”