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Mark Telea re-signs with New Zealand Rugby

By Kim Ekin
Mark Telea. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The incredible form of Mark Telea was rewarded with another All Blacks selection on Sunday and the Blues winger has now confirmed his playing future for the next two years will be in New Zealand.

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Telea has signed with the Blues and New Zealand Rugby and will remain with club and country until at least 2025. The 26-year-old’s signing was announced Friday, to the delight of Blues and All Black fans.

Telea’s form in 2023 has been second to none in terms of right wingers and his stats prove it, equalling Doug Howlett’s Blues record for tries in a season (12) while leading the competition in clean breaks (24) and defenders beaten (101).

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Telea was also named Blues Player of the Year as well as Players Player of the Year at the annual Blues Awards.

Here is the full list of winners:

Development Player of the Year – Byron Smith
Community Player of the Year – Joshua Fusitu’a
Team Toa Player of the Year – Rob Rush
Mahi Man – Ricky Riccitelli
Keven Mealamu medal – Ash Draper
Back of the Year – Bryce Heem
Forward of the Year – Adrian Choat
Players Player of the Year – Mark Telea
Player of the Year – Mark Telea
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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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