Having re-committed until 2027, the 21-Test hooker has also put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him remain with the Gallagher Chiefs in DHL Super Rugby Pacific and Waikato in the Bunnings Warehouse NPC.
“It’s a privilege to represent Waikato, the Chiefs and the All Blacks,” said Taukei’aho. “So I am truly grateful to re-sign with NZR for four more years and have the opportunity to keep living my dream.”
In just two seasons for the All Blacks, the 25-year-old has already written himself into the history books. In 2022 he equalled the most Test tries (7) scored by an All Blacks forward in a calendar year.
“We congratulate Samisoni on what he has achieved in the game so far,” NZR CEO Mark Robinson said. “We’ve seen him develop into a capable Test hooker and know he has a lot more to offer in the coming years.”
The former St Paul’s Collegiate student has made huge strides since moving to New Zealand from Tonga in 2013. He made his first-class debut for Waikato in 2016 and the following year saw him called in as injury cover by the Gallagher Chiefs, where he is now a fan favourite.
“We are ecstatic Samisoni has committed to being a long-term Chief,” said Gallagher Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan.
“He is extremely proud of this region and all it represents, and no doubt our loyal support base will be pleased to hear of this signing. The sacrifices and dedication Samisoni has made over the years have seen him develop into a world-class player. He still has significant growth in him and it’s going to be exciting to see where he can get to in the years ahead.”
In 2016 Taukei’aho debuted for Waikato in a successful Ranfurly Shield defence against Thames Valley. Since then he has amassed 44 appearances with 20 tries to his name.
“Waikato Rugby couldn’t be more thrilled to have Samisoni Taukei’aho re-sign with the province,” said Waikato Rugby CEO Carl Moon. “His talent, work ethic and leadership, on and off the field, is crucial for the sport.
“He is another one of these hard-working players that continues to evolve his game and we are excited to see his continued success at all levels of the game.”