All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty re-signs with Crusaders

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Talented midfielder Ryan Crotty has recommitted to the All Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby for another year.

With the 2019 World Cup fast approaching, Crotty has admitted he could be tempted to extend his contract with New Zealand Rugby beyond its new cut off point, claiming he is eager to continue representing the All Blacks.

"I like to take things one year at a time and when I thought about where I could picture myself in 2018, I just didn't feel like my time here in New Zealand was up yet", he said.

"I still get a thrill each time I pull on the black, or red and black, jerseys".

The injury frustratingly came in his first game back after a rib injury sustained playing for the Crusaders had made a doubt for the important Test.

During that time, he's been a constant next to the likes of Malakai Fekitoa, George Moala, Seta Tamanivalu, Anton Lienert-Brown and Sonny Bill Williams.

The 28-year-old suffered a leg injury in the All Blacks first Test against the Lions but will likely make a return for the Crusaders in their opening match of the Super Rugby finals against the Highlanders.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was justifiably delighted with Crotty's decision to stay in The Land of the Long White Cloud.

"He's an incredibly valuable member of the All Blacks, is a smart footballer and provides us with a cool, calm, collected presence in the midfield", Hansen said.

"He is an utter professional in the way he prepares and performs, and is a superb role model for other players", Robertson said of his 119-cap Crusader. "Although he has been representing Canterbury and the Crusaders for almost a decade, he is in his prime right now, so we look forward to making the most of our time with him for the remainder of this season and in 2018".

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