Ellis to end Super Rugby career
Wellington - Former All Blacks scrumhalf
Andy Ellis will end his 10-year Super Rugby career with the Crusaders at the
end of the season but will continue to play with his Japanese club Kobelco
Ellis, who will play in his 150th Super
Rugby match for the Crusaders on Friday against the Waratahs, has played for
the Steelers since 2014, returning to New Zealand for Super Rugby when his
Japanese commitments end.
"It has been a privilege and an honour
to represent the Crusaders for the past 10 years and, to be honest, I don't
really want it to end," Ellis said in a statement.
"But I have thought my decision
through carefully and it is really important to me that I finish on a high and
while I am still loving it, so I know this is the right thing for me to
Ellis also played 28 Tests for the All
Blacks from 2006-2015, though his final two appearances in 2015 were more than
three years since he last appeared for the side.
The 32-year-old was a regular in the All
Blacks until the 2011 World Cup, when he performed the last act of the
tournament by kicking a penalty into touch to end the game as New Zealand beat
France 8-7 in the final.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder, who is
also leaving the team at the end of the season, praised the influence Ellis had
on the team during his 10-year Super Rugby career.
"He has been an important leader in
this group for a number of years now and has really helped to shape this
team," Blackadder said.
"We have been lucky to have a player
of his calibre for 150 games and counting, and we will be very sorry to see him
"But there is no doubt he will leave a
legacy here, particularly in the way he has helped to mentor and develop our