First-five Aaron Cruden re-signs with the Chiefs

EVAN PEGDEN
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2014
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PLAYMAKER: Aaron Cruden has begun to find form heading into the opening Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies.

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Chiefs and All Blacks pivot Aaron Cruden has inked new contracts that will see him play for both teams as well as the Manawatu Turbos for another three years.

Cruden, 25, has been the Chiefs' standout player since head coach Dave Rennie brought him to Hamilton at the end of 2011 and has also worn the No 10 jersey for the All Blacks regularly in the absence of Dan Carter.

Set to play his 32nd test for the All Blacks against England at his Super Rugby home ground of Waikato Stadium on Saturday night, Cruden has signed through until 2017.

He said it was an easy decision to make.

"It's great for me and my family that I have been able to secure my rugby future through to 2017 and I'm delighted to be staying in New Zealand," Cruden said.

"I love the All Blacks, Chiefs and Manawatu and am thankful for the opportunities I have been given and I want to continue giving my very best to this great game."

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie is a long-time admirer of Cruden, having guided him from the time he left Palmerston North Boys' High School first XV.

"Aaron is an outstanding man and he has been a driving force behind the success of our team," Rennie said of the Chiefs' standout player of the past two seasons.

"He sets incredibly high standards for himself and his team-mates.

"It wasn't just because of his skillset that we wanted him at the Chiefs, it was because of the quality of his character and his leadership. He continues to deliver in those areas at the highest level every day."

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said his young playmaker was an outstanding young talent as well as a great team man and leader in their group.

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