Hurricanes re-sign Maori All Blacks prop for another season

The 23-year-old is a new face at Super Rugby level, having made 14 appearances for the side since his debut against the Stormers in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2020.

Rakete-Stones says he is thrilled to have his contract extended with the Hurricanes.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have another season with the Hurricanes. Growing up in Hawke’s Bay this was the Super Rugby team to play for.”

Savaii’s War Kings win Samoa’s Junior Lakapi Championship

The team defeated Hurricanes 20-18 in the final at the Apia Park Stadium, last Friday to win the championship.

The tough match saw Hurricanes dominating the opening minutes but failing to convert for the extra points.

The War-Kings took advantage in these areas after they scored six points - three from a dropkick and three from the penalty conversion by Apisaloma Aso. 

The winners began dominating the match right before halftime after locking the points at 10-6.

Hurricanes re-sign All Black Jordie Barrett through to 2022

The news comes after Blues CEO Andrew Hore had earlier revealed his franchise wasn’t intent on chasing Barrett to join older brother and fellow All Black Beauden in 2022, which all but confirmed Jordie would remain with the Super Rugby franchise he joined in 2017.

While Jordie Barrett, 24, is contracted to NZ Rugby until next year, his previous deal with the Hurricanes expired at the end of the trans-Tasman competition.

Laumape set for last dance at the Cake Tin as the Hurricanes prepare to take on the Reds

Laumape, who made his debut for the Hurricanes in 2016 and featured eleven times in that title-winning season, will start at 12 in the Hurricanes’ final Super Rugby Trans-Tasman round robin match against the Australian champions.

The All Blacks midfielder will cap off six successful years in Wellington with the Canes, a period in which he made 83 appearance for the club (including three Super Rugby semi-final starts) and scored an impressive 47 tries, fifteen of which came in his outrageous top scoring season in 2017.

Hurricanes coach dismisses Trans-Tasman 'gap' after costly Brumbies loss

The Hurricanes needed to score a bonus point win in Canberra on Saturday night to remain on track for the tournament final, but the Brumbies clinched their first 2021 series victory over a Kiwi team with a 12-10 win.

Squandered opportunities – including two late Jordie Barrett penalty attempts – left the stunned Hurricanes to contemplate a tough final round return to Wellington to meet the Reds.

Holland said the tournament format rewarded consistency, and the Hurricanes had come up short.

Hurricanes blow away Force

Rayasi's fellow winger Wes Goosen, flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi, hooker Asafo Aumua, centre Ngani Laumape and fullback Jordie Barrett also nabbed tries as the home side ran out convincing bonus-point winners at Maclean Park.

The Perth-based Force raced out to a 6-0 lead on the back of two Domingo Miotti penalties but were outmuscled in the tackle area and made mistakes at crucial moments.

Hurricanes, Highlanders continue NZ winning streak

After the Hurricanes' 35-13 romp over the Melbourne Rebels in Wellington, the Highlanders fended off the Western Force 25-15 in Perth on Friday to extend Australia's winless streak to 7-0.

Having humbled Australian champions Queensland 40-19 in week one, the Highlanders stormed out of the blocks with three first-half tries to Jona Nareki, Ayden Johnstone and Scott Gregory before locking down the match after the break.

Mop-haired inside centre Gregory grabbed a second try on the hour-mark, leaving Force with too big a mountain to climb.

First blood for New Zealand in trans-Tasman Super Rugby

The Highlanders trounced Australian champions the Queensland Reds 40-19 before the Hurricanes beat the NSW Waratahs 64-48 in a Sydney try-fest.

Predictions that the six-week contest would be one-sided in favour of the New Zealand sides looked on the money when Highlanders centre Scott Gregory cantered over the line for the first try of the competition after just 35 seconds in Dunedin.

Hurricanes dominate Highlanders in Super Rugby Aotearoa

In a free-flowing game the Highlanders were on the scoreboard first with a penalty in the fifth minute, before Devan Flanders scored the first of the Hurricanes six tries.

Both teams were down to 14 men in the 15th minute when Hurricanes captain Dane Coles and Highlanders first five-eighth Mitch Hunt were yellow carded for foul play.

The Highlanders adjusted quickest, with Japanese loose forward Kazuko Himeno breaking away to set up Josh Dickson to score the visitors first try.

Hurricanes drop one All Blacks and bring in another for final Super Rugby Aotearoa clash

Former All Blacks wing Julian Savea returns to the right wing in place of Wes Goosen after missing out on last week’s last-gasp 26-24 defeat at the hands of Damian McKenzie and the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The only other alteration comes in the midfield, where one-test All Blacks centre Peter Umaga-Jensen has swapped onto the bench to hand impressive youngster Billy Proctor a starting berth in the No. 13 jersey.