ALL BLACKS first five Aaron Cruden has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Chiefs for a further two years.
The 23-year-old’s new deal will see him remain contracted to both organisations until the end of 2014.
Cruden, who has played nine tests for the All Blacks since 2010, says his decision to re-sign was an easy one.
“I am really stoked to have re-signed with NZRU and the Chiefs until 2014. It was an easy decision for me, as I am really enjoying my footy in New Zealand and looking forward to the challenges that the next few years will bring,” he says.
Cruden made his provincial debut for Manawatu in 2008, captained New Zealand Under 20 side to a Junior World Championship title and was voted IRB Junior Player of the Year in 2009.
He made his All Blacks debut off the bench against Ireland in 2010 after an impressive debut Super Rugby campaign for the Hurricanes.
Last year, Cruden won the ITM Cup Player of the Year after taking his Manawatu side to the Championship final and was called into the Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks squad, playing in the three playoff matches at the global tournament.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is elated that Cruden has re-signed.
“It is great news for all New Zealand fans and in particular the Chiefs fans,” he says.
“Aaron is an integral part of this franchise going forward and epitomises everything we want in our Chiefs players. It is fantastic that he has made a commitment to us long-term.”
NZRU chief executive Steve Tew says Cruden is an impressive young professional who has grown considerably – both on the field and off – since breaking onto the provincial scene in 2008.
“He is an outstanding young man and really exemplifies what a young rugby player should be and we are delighted that he has re-committed himself to New Zealand rugby.”« Back to Archives
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