Dynamic hooker Asafo Aumua re-signs with Wellington Lions until 2025

The Wellington Lions announced today that hooker, Asafo Aumua, has re-signed with the Wellington Lions, Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) until 2025.

Born and raised in Lower Hutt, Aumua made his debut for the Wellington Lions in 2016 in his first year out of school and was the Lions’ top try scorer, scoring six times in 10 games, including a hat-trick against Northland.

In 2017, he was a key member of the New Zealand Under-20 team and scored a try hat-trick in the Rugby World Under-20 Championship final victory 64-17 over England. England.

His stunning form continued in the 2017 NPC season with a 60-yard try against Canterbury, one of the best of the year, earning him a call up by the All Blacks for their tour in the North despite not playing a Super Rugby game.

Aumua made his Hurricanes debut in March 2018 against the Crusaders at Sky Stadium and made three more appearances before a frustrating wrist injury ruled him out of the rest of the season. He returned in 2019, making several appearances from the bench before earning his first start against the Chiefs in Wellington. He has since played 45 games with the team.

After a stellar season with the Hurricanes in 2020, Aumua earned himself a recall to the All Blacks squad before making his Test debut against Australia in Brisbane.

Aumua achieved his 50th cap for the Wellington Lions on Sunday when they faced Taranaki at Sky Stadium.

Wellington Rugby Football Union CEO Matt Evans said:

“Asafo is one of the new breeds of prostitutes popping up and contributing all over the pitch. He’s a dynamic and powerful player who constantly puts the teams he represents front and center.

“Being a Wellington man, we are proud to have him under contract with his home province knowing he would have been a welcome addition to any team in the country.”

Charles P. Patton