All Black prop Wyatt Crockett to retire
Wellington - All Black prop Wyatt Crockett announced his
international retirement on Tuesday and said this season would be his last with
Super Rugby champions the Crusaders.
The 35-year-old has earned 71 Test caps since his debut in
2009, including a role in New Zealand's successful 2015 World Cup campaign.
He has also made more Super Rugby appearances than any other
player in the competition, running out for his 188th Crusaders' match last
"It is never an easy thing to know when the time is
right, but my family have made a number of sacrifices over the past 13 years
which have allowed me to live out my dream," he said.
"Now it's time for me to give back to them, simply by
being there more than I have been able to as a professional rugby player."
Crockett said he would remain in New Zealand after leaving
the Crusaders and had signed a two-year contract with Tasman in the domestic
Mitre 10 Cup.