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THE SENSATIONAL Asafo Aumua has already compiled a swag of YouTube highlights in his young career.
The dynamic hooker plays with pace and power that belies his 108kg frame.
Born and raised in Lower Hutt, Aumua debuted for the Wellington Lions in 2016 in his first year out of school aged just 19 and was the Lions' leading tryscorer dotting down six times in his 10 games, including a hat-trick against Northland.
In 2017 he had a massive impact at the World Under 20 Championship, scoring another hat-trick in New Zealand's 64-17 win over England in the final. His stunning form continued into the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup season with his 60-metre try against Canterbury one of the best of the year. Aumua was later recognised as the Wellington Rugby Supporter’s Club Player of the Year.
Surgery on a wrist injury kept Aumua sidelined for much of the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season, though he returned for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup adding four more tries to his try-scoring tally.
Aumua was a standout for the Hurricanes in 2020 and earned a recall to the All Blacks squad before making his Test debut against Australia in Brisbane.
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