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Pulu signs with Super Blues

  • Pulu signs with Super Blues

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Augustine Pulu of the Chiefs runs with the ball during the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Chiefs at AAMI Park on May 2, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Two-Test All Blacks halfback Augustine Pulu has signed a two-year Super Rugby deal with the Auckland-based Blues.

The 26-year-old Aucklander is currently recovering from a broken arm as he pushes for a place in the New Zealand sevens side for the Rio Olympics.

Pulu became a star performer for Tana Umaga's Counties Manukau side, playing an important leadership role in the team's rise to the premier division and winning the Ranfurly Shield for the first time.

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He made his debut for the Chiefs in 2012 and earned two All Blacks caps in 2014, playing against the USA and Scotland on the team's northern hemisphere tour.

Blues coach Umaga said Pulu's signing from the Waikato-based Chiefs is an important one for the 2017 campaign.

"Obviously I've had a lot to do with Augustine and I am impressed with his ability on the field and his demeanour off it, both as a player and a leader," Umaga said.

"He will bring a different approach and style to the halfback game, which will provide us with more options."

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