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Three All Blacks Extend Contracts

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28 July 2008 - All Blacks Andrew Hore, Anthony Boric and Adam Thomson have extended their contracts with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Hore has re-signed until the end of the 2011 season while both Boric and Thomson have signed until the end of 2010, the NZRU announced today.

"We are glad to have secured Andrew's experience and leadership and to see commitments from developing talents such as Anthony and Adam," said the NZRU's General Manager of Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen. "It's a credit to the work of all the provinces and academies that we continue to produce quality players and that they want to play their rugby in New Zealand."

Hore has also extended his provincial contract with Taranaki until the end of the 2011 season: "It's fantastic that Andrew remains committed to Taranaki," said Taranaki Rugby CEO Mark Robinson, "and great for Taranaki people to identify with an All Black from the province. We look forward to welcoming him back in amber and black whenever the opportunity arises."

The 30-year-old hooker made his provincial debut a decade ago and his Super rugby career began in 2001. He first played for the All Blacks in 2002 and has gone on to earn 31 Test caps.

Boric and Thomson, meanwhile, joined the All Blacks for the first time this season and have made 3 and 4 Test appearances respectively. Boric first played for North Habour in 2005 after progressing through the age-grade provincial ranks. The lock debuted for the Blues in 2006 and was selected for the Junior All Blacks. Likewise, Thomson broke into the Rebel Sport Super 14 in 2006 after campaigns with New Zealand Under 19 (2001) and Under 23 (2003). The flanker also played for New Zealand Sevens in 2007.

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