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NZ’s Cruden off the hook after missing flight

October 3, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand Rugby Union says All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden will receive no punishment other than the two-match suspension he completes this weekend for missing a team flight to Argentina after a drinking session.

Cruden was out late on the night before the All Blacks’ Sept. 21 flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires and didn’t connect with his teammates in time to board the plane. He was dropped from the squad and forced to miss New Zealand’s last two Rugby Championship matches against Argentina and South Africa.

General manager of rugby Neil Sorenson said Cruden “has taken full responsibility for his actions which resulted in this regrettable incident” and no further sanction will apply.

Cruden is available for New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup test against Australia on Oct. 18.

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