Matt Todd pens new Crusaders deal
Cape Town - The Crusaders have announced that openside flank and
vice-captain Matt Todd has re-committed to the Christchurch-based club for the
Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach revealed that the All Blacks
backrow will also join Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights after this year's
Super Rugby campaign with the Crusaders.
"Matt Todd has signed a short term deal with the
Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, which he will commence at the end of the 2018
Super Rugby season," Riach told the Crusaders' official website.
"We are thrilled to confirm that Matt will then return
to New Zealand, having re-committed to the BNZ Crusaders and NZR for
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson said: "Matt is a
phenomenal player and this is a great opportunity for him to head over to
Japan, experience a different brand of rugby over there, and freshen up ahead
of our 2019 season.
"To have a player of Toddy’s calibre and leadership
ability re-commit to the BNZ Crusaders is hugely exciting for us - he’ll bring
plenty of great experience to Japanese rugby under Robbie Deans, and we wish
him all the best for the upcoming season."
Todd said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to sign
and play for Panasonic Wild Knights. I know they are an extremely successful
club who play a great style of rugby, and are also very well coached. My family
and I are really looking forward to getting up to Japan and experiencing Ota
and the Japanese way of life.
"I will be returning to the Crusaders and NZR in 2019
and I look forward to the challenges ahead."