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Mealamu extends with Blues for one more season

Keven Mealamu will play Super Rugby for the Blues again in 2014

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Article Published: Thursday 29 August 2013|

All Blacks and Blues veteran hooker Keven Mealamu has signed a 12-month contract extension with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Blues.

Mealamu's contract extension keeps him in Super Rugby for another year but also leaves open the question of whether he will play in the 2015 World Cup.

The 105-Test hooker will remain with the All Blacks and the Auckland Blues Super 15 club until the end of 2014, with provision to add another year to take him through to the tournament in England, the New Zealand Rugby Union said.

Mealamu will be 36 by the time the next World Cup comes around and he already holds the record as New Zealand's most capped international hooker.

He said the decision to re-sign for an additional 12 months was easy.

"I love New Zealand, this is my family's home," he said.

"It's a real honour to play rugby for my country, the Blues and Auckland so I am delighted to carry on playing my rugby here."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Mealamu had played a huge part in the side's recent achievements, including winning the 2011 World Cup, as well as providing leadership.

"His experience has been invaluable in recent times in mentoring Dane Coles and the other young hookers," he said.

"Having that experience available to us is hugely positive for the future."

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