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Chay Fihaki to put pressure on Will Jordan after extending stay with Crusaders

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Chay Fihaki. (Photo by Andrew Cornaga/Photosport)

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Dynamic young utility back Chay Fihaki has re-signed with the Crusaders, presenting exciting prospects for the team taking the field in the 2023 season.

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Fihaki signed with the Crusaders in 2020 as a 19-year-old and has since gone from strength to strength, playing seven matches in the red and black and showing great potential.

During his youth career Fihaki played through the midfield but as he has progressed through Canterbury and Crusaders development pathways, he has nestled into a role at fullback.

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Fihaki’s mission for 2023 will be to soak up as much knowledge as possible from some of his All Black teammates.

“I’m feeling excited about the season coming up. 2023 will be another year for me to grow, especially learning off the more senior players and All Blacks,” Fihaki said.

“My focus will definitely be on being more confident and backing my skillset.”

Fihaki’s X-Factor has been outlined by Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson, who said, “Chay has a massive boot and the ability to create something from nothing.”

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Fihaki made just three starts and six appearances for the Crusaders throughout this year’s title-winning campaign thanks to the presence of some heavy artillery in the outside backs.

With the likes of Will Jordan, Sevu Reece, David Havili and Leicester Fainga’anuku all on the books for next year, Fihaki will once again face a massive challenge to earn minutes for the Super Rugby Pacific champions, but the likely absence of George Bridge will at least open up some more opportunities for the youngster.

Fihaki has been a relevant constant at the back for Canterbury throughout this year’s NPC season and with more experience under his belt, will be looking to put pressure on Jordan for the Crusaders fullback berth next season.

– with Crusaders Rugby

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