Hoskins Sotutu

All Blacks number eight to leave Auckland

The 22-year-old made his All Blacks debut last year when he came off the bench against Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test.

He played 15 games for Auckland in the last three NPC seasons after making his provincial debut in 2019 against his new side Counties Manakau.

Sotutu, whose father Waisake played for Counties Manukau while still at high school, links up with Blues teammates, Dalton Papali'i and Nepo Laulala at the Steelers.

Blues' blockbuster Hoskins Sotutu is eligible for England and Fiji

Witnessing the Blues’ continued resurgence during Super Rugby Aotearoa it is impossible to miss Sotutu’s blond-haired presence often leading the charge alongside captain Patrick Tuipulotu’s pink tips.

The 21-year-old, in his first full Super Rugby campaign after debuting late last season, has kept talented teammate Akira Ioane out of the No 8 role with a series of captivating performances, and now seems destined to crack the All Blacks squad later this year.