Blues re-sign talented trio for two years

NICOLA ABERCROMBIE
Last updated 11:37 08/05/2012
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CAPTAIN: Luke Braid is one of three young Blues players to have signed a two-year deal to stay with the Auckland franchise.
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They may be on a seven game losing streak, but the embattled Blues have at least won the signatures of three key young players.

Charlie Faumuina, Luke Braid and Tom McCartney have each signed new two-year deals to stay with the Auckland franchise.

McCartney debuted for the Blues in 2008 while Faumuina played his first game for the Aucklanders in 2009. Braid made his Super Rugby debut in 2009 for the Chiefs before relocating to the Blues last season.

Prop Faumuina said he is committed to helping get the Blues, who have lost nine of their 10 Super Rugby games this season, back on a winning path.

"I enjoy being part of the Blues, I am proud to wear the jersey and am determined more than ever to do what I can to help this team get back to where it should be."

The sentiment was echoed by teammate Braid, who is currently captaining the side in the absence of injured skipper Kevin Mealamu.

"There is no doubt we're doing it tough this year, but the Blues environment is a good one and I want to keep on being a part of it.

"Playing alongside my brother [Daniel] means a lot to me and I very much want to be a part of this franchise for the future."

The Blues next play the Lions, who are also languishing on a solitary win this season, at Eden Park on Friday.

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