Breakout Blues star Hoskins Sotutu has added further weight to indications his international future lies in an All Blacks jersey.
The 21-year-old No 8 has been a standout performer in Super Rugby this year, his rapid rise thrusting him into conversations
concerning the selection of the next New Zealand squad.
Sotutu is not only eligible for the All Blacks but also Fiji through his dad, former Blues and Auckland utility Waisake, and England through his mother.
The best hint yet about where the former Sacred Heart High School student’s allegiance was came on Monday when his contract extension with the Blues was announced, keeping him in New Zealand until at least the end of the 2022 Super season.
After Blues training on Tuesday, Sotutu said his focus was on playing well at Super level and he would make decisions about his international future as they came.
He did, though, say that as a Kiwi-born and raised product, playing for the All Blacks would be like playing for Blues, playing for a team he cared about.
Sotutu said he was simply stunned he was even being talked about as a potential All Black.
“I’m pretty shocked to be honest.
“This is my first year really in the mix [at the Blues] and getting a lot of game time, so getting those comments is quite surreal.
“But I’m just trying to play well for the Blues and as long as I keep playing well for the Blues I guess the other things will come.”
It would be a bold person to bet against things panning out in that fashion, based on how Sotutu had progressed already in 2020.