Dunshea Re-Signs For Crusaders, But Paea Heads South

|||||Published by Christie Gilmartin9th September 2020
Crusaders Lock Mitchell Dunshea

Crusaders and Canterbury Lock Mitchell Dunshea has signed a new deal, for the 2021 Super Rugby season. The big Second Row was cruelly unlucky to miss out on All Blacks selection, in the recent squad announcement. He had a fantastic 2020, playing almost every game in the Crusaders’ Super Rugby Aotearoa Title win. Dunshea was the regular partner for Sam Whitelock, in that Crusaders’ engine room. The 24 year old, went on to perform very well in the North v South game, helping the South to a late victory.

It did seem slightly odd that Quinten Strange was selected ahead of Dunshea, when the latter was a regular starter at the Crusaders. Dunshea joined the Crusaders squad in 2016 and made his debut in 2017. He was selected after a strong 2015, where he won the Under 20s World Championships, as well as helping Lincoln University Rugby Club to their first Division 1 title since 1981. He will now be aiming to help the Crusaders to yet another Super Rugby title and hope that circumstances lead to an All Blacks call up. If not, then a stint abroad may be tempting for such a quality player.

Fetuli Paea Signs For The Highlanders

Following the signing of Crusaders’ Flanker Billy Harmon, the Highlanders have announced that Fetuli Paea will be moving South, for next season. The utility back has signed a two year deal, with the Super Rugby side and will add to their options out wide. The 26 year old Tongan International can play in the midfield or in the back three and played well, when given an opportunity this year. He has played internationally for Tonga in both Fifteens and Sevens. He won the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup with Tasman, last season and will suit up for the Mako again, this coming season. The Highlanders are currently searching for a new coach, after the departure of Aaron Mauger. Whoever comes in, will have some new and talented players at his disposal.

What They Said:

Pulse Energy Highlanders Coach Tony Brown:

“we are excited to secure someone of Fetuli’s ability for the next 2 years and are looking forward to helping him develop into a world class player”.

Fetuli Paea:

“I’m excited to be going down to the Highlanders after my Mitre 10 Cup season with Tasman. It’s a great new challenge and awesome opportunity that will help grow my rugby career further”,

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