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TJ Perenara set to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby – report

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images)

Injured Hurricanes halfback and 80-Test All Blacks veteran TJ Perenara is set to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby on a two-year deal.

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According to Newshub’s Ollie Ritchie, Perenara has “knocked back overseas offers” to stay in New Zealand until the end of 2026.

Perenara, who ruptured his Achilles during the dying stages of last year’s dramatic draw with England at Twickenham, apparently has a “burning desire” to don the coveted black jersey again.

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“Getting a taste of Test match rugby again at the end of the year definitely poured a bit of fuel back onto that fire,” Perenara told Newshub earlier in 2023.

“I honestly believe I’ve got a lot more to give.

“My desire to compete on the world stage is stronger than it has been for a long time.”

The All Blacks have some world-class halfbacks at their disposal at the moment, but the makeup of the national squad will look a bit different after this year’s Rugby World Cup.

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Legendary halfback Aaron Smith will play his last Test for New Zealand at the World Cup, and Brad Weber is also set for another challenge overseas – signing for Stade Francais in France.

But even with 80 Test matches to his name, Perenara faces an uphill battle in order to return to the international arena.

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Rising star Cam Roigard made the No. 9 jersey his own during Perenara’s absence at the Hurricanes, and appears likely to retain that role moving forward.

But Perenara isn’t going down without a fight.

“I know my body, I understand how my body works, it’s feeling good now,” he also told Newshub.

“I feel really confident about my recovery.

“I love the challenge of trying to wake up and be better than I was the day before, that could be one thing, like today I’m walking better than I walked yesterday and it’s starting to become more natural.”

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Massive 374 days ago

No thanks maybe in a mentor role with say Highlanders?

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Andrew 374 days ago

News. Small energetic loose forward wearing 9 with no reliable pass signs up again in hope.

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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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