Midfielder Levi Aumua has recommitted with the Moana Pasifika for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.
The midfielder, with both Samoan and Fijian ancestral ties, was popular among Moana Pasifika fans in the inaugural season and collected the largest number of Most Valuable Player points to be named the fans player of the year.
The blockbusting midfielder was the clear winner in an impressive season which saw him beat 38 defenders, amass 124 contact metres and score 3 tries.
Head coach Aaron Mauger is pleased that Levi Aumua has recommitted to his squad.
“As a coaching group, we thought Levi took his game to new levels in Super Rugby Pacific this season. He worked hard to get himself into top condition and he was rewarded on the field by being able to perform at an intensity which created real chaos for his opposition,” said Mauger.
He has also impressed with his recent form for the Tasman Mako in the Bunnings NPC.
“Having Levi back in good shape for 2023 means we have some real firepower to strike with once again,” he said.
The 27-year-old Aumua explained that he felt at home in the Moana Pasifika environment.
“I really enjoyed my first year with Moana Pasifika. I love the team culture and feel we are more like a family than anything else,” he said.
“We finished our season with a great win over the Brumbies at home and showed everyone what we are capable of. I’m excited to see how we can build on that performance and light up the competition in 2023.”
Aumua joins loose forwards Alamanda Motuga (Manu Samoa and Counties Manukau Steelers) and Solomone Funaki (‘Ikale Tahi and Hawke’s Bay Magpies) in the confirmed signings for 2023.