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Aaron Cruden re-signs with New Zealand rugby

June 16, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Aaron Cruden has signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union for a further three years, locking in another of the key players it hopes will strengthen the All Blacks beyond the 2015 World Cup.

Cruden has been New Zealand’s preferred starting flyhalf in the recent absence of star playmaker Dan Carter and played his 31st test on Saturday in New Zealand’s 28-27 win over England.

At age 25, he is expected to be a key member of All Blacks teams for years to come and is one of an exciting crop of flyhalves including Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade.

All Blacks coach Steven Hansen called Cruden “an outstanding young talent and a great team man and leader.”

Cruden has also re-signed for the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

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