Halfback Andy Ellis re-signs on eve of milestone

Last updated 17:38 17/05/2013
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CALL HIM LOYAL: Andy Ellis will run out for his 100th game tomorrow night having committed to New Zealand Rugby for a further two years.

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On the eve of his 100th match in Super Rugby, halfback Andrew Ellis has committed himself to the Crusaders and New Zealand for another two years.

Ellis, 29, will run out for the 100th time with the Crusaders, for their massive round 14 dust-up against the Blues in front of what is expected to be a sold out AMI Stadium tomorrow night. He marks the milestone as he confirmed his desire to continue playing his rugby in New Zealand.

"I love playing rugby in New Zealand and I love playing for the Crusaders.  It is important to me to be in New Zealand while I am still playing my best rugby and I consider it a real privilege to go to work every day with my best mates, and to wear the Crusaders jersey," Ellis said.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew congratulated Ellis on his recommitment to New Zealand.

"This is fantastic news for the Crusaders and for New Zealand rugby - Andy is a special player who has already given outstanding service to the game.  We congratulate him on reaching a significant milestone in Investec Super Rugby," Tew said.

Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach said:  "We are thrilled that Andy has re-signed and wants to be a Crusader for another two years.

"He is an exceptional player, whose professionalism and commitment to the Crusaders and the jersey have pegged him as a special leader inside the team environment.

"Andy is part of an illustrious group being the 11th Crusader to about to reach 100 caps. He joins some other great Crusaders in this special club - Justin Marshall, Caleb Ralph, Reuben Thorne, Greg Somerville, Leon MacDonald, Richie McCaw, Chris Jack, Corey Flynn, Dan Carter and Wyatt Crockett.  This is an outstanding achievement and we congratulate Andy," Riach said.

Andy Ellis debuted for the Crusaders in 2006 against the Reds. Now in his eighth season with the franchise, the 26-test All Black has a Rugby World Cup winners medal, two Super Rugby championships and three ITM Cup crowns.

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