Crotty inks new NZR, Crusaders deal
Wellington - Talented midfielder Ryan Crotty has recommitted to the All
Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby for another year.
The good news comes as he prepares to return from injury for
the Crusaders in this week’s Super Rugby quarter-final.
Crotty said he considered his options, but was enjoying his
rugby here too much at the moment to be able to contemplate heading overseas.
“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 and I feel really motivated to perform for those teams. I genuinely think I have my best rugby in me
yet and I want to play that rugby for the teams I have grown up supporting and
who I feel so honoured to play for now.”
Crotty was first selected for the Canterbury provincial side
in 2008 and then the Crusaders the following year, scoring his first Super
Rugby try early in his debut match.
He was selected for the Junior All Blacks in 2009, and then
in 2013 Crotty was called into the All Blacks squad as injury cover and played
his first Test off the bench against the Wallabies in Sydney. Later that year,
in the final game of the international season, Crotty scored the match winning
try for the All Blacks against Ireland.
In 2014, Crotty was named vice-captain of the Crusaders and
ended up captaining a number of games while Kieran Read was out with injury. He
had a very impressive season, earning him his first start for the All
Blacks. He has since become a regular
member of the national squad and has earned 27 Test caps.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: "We are
delighted that 'Crotts' has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby. 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."
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson said it would be
fantastic to have Crotty’s leadership in the team for at least another season.
“Crotts is one of our Super Rugby centurions and an
important member of our leadership group," he commented.
"He is an utter professional in the way he prepares and
performs, and is a superb role model for other players. Although he has been
representing Canterbury and the Crusaders for nearly 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."