Hooker Motu Matu'u returns to Wellington Lions

14:05, Jun 23 2014

Hooker Motu Matu'u has re-signed with the Wellington Lions ahead of the up-coming national provincial championship.

The 27-year-old Oriental-Rongotai hooker said remaining with Wellington was a ''no brainer'' and he was still hungry to bring a national title back to the capital.

Wellington coach Chris Boyd will be relieved to have Matu'u locked in with the province's hooking stocks healthy, but thin on experience.

Petone's Eugene Smith was a member of last year's Lions squad. Current All Blacks hooker Dane Coles is unlikely to play a major part in Wellington's 2014 campaign.

There are a host of promising youngsters in the wings including New Zealand under 20s James O'Reilly, Tawa's Lotu Nuku, Oriental Rongotai's Hunter Prescott, and Old Boys University's Zeke Sopoaga.

The final squad for the national provincial championship will be announced following the completion of Wellington's premier club competition 

Matu'u, who made his Wellington debut in 2009, is relatively fresh after a disrupted Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes where he's shared game time with Coles and Ash Dixon.

"I've also got a lot of friends and family who support me here in the capital, and I'm still hungry to win that title for Wellington," Matu'u said of his decision to stay with the Lions.

Wellington's first match of the season is against Waikato at Westpac Stadium on August 16.


The Dominion Post