Wellington - Prop Joe Moody has re-signed with the All
Blacks and Crusaders until 2022, New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said retaining Moody was
"fantastic news" for the world champions, describing the 30-year-old
as one of the best loose heads in the game.
"He's worked incredibly hard on his game over the years
and has taken his opportunities when they have come," Hansen said of the
36-Test front-rower, who was part of New Zealand's 2015 World Cup triumph.
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson was also thrilled the
powerful scrummager was staying with the defending Super Rugby champions.
"Joe is as good as it gets in world rugby, he's a beast
of a front-rower and a world-class athlete in his position," he said.
Moody missed the start of this year's international season
with a broken thumb but has re-joined for their end-of-year tour, which begins
when they play Australia in Japan this weekend.