Wellington - All Blacks wing Nehe Milner-Skudder signed a
three-year contract extension on Wednesday, committing himself to New Zealand's
Rugby World Cup defence in 2019.
Milner-Skudder missed most of 2016 with a shoulder injury
after bursting onto the international scene in 2015, scoring six tries in the
All Blacks successful World Cup campaign.
The 26-year-old said staying in New Zealand was an easy
decision as he wanted to add to his eight Test caps and the All Blacks refuse
to select overseas-based players.
"It's been an absolute honour to represent my country
and wear the All Blacks jersey and the only way to do that again is to stay in
New Zealand," he said.
"Hopefully, I can play well enough to be considered for
selection again, but as always there is some massive competition there."
Milner-Skudder said he was now fully fit and hoping to break
back into the All Blacks for this year's blockbuster tour by the British and
He will also stay with defending champions the Wellington
Hurricanes in the Super Rugby competition.