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Mo’unga commits to New Zealand and Crusaders

Richie Mo’unga has signed a new three-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders.

The fly-half made his provincial bow for Canterbury in 2013 before making his Super Rugby debut three years later.

A first Test appearance for the All Blacks followed against France in Dunedin last year and he has featured nine times for his country.

It marks another boost for New Zealand, who have tied the likes of Aaron Smith, Ngani Laumape, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman, Patrick Tuipulotu and Dalton Papalii to deals beyond this year’s Rugby World Cup.

“I’m really fortunate to have had some amazing opportunities with Canterbury, the Crusaders, and the All Blacks, and I feel there is still plenty I want to achieve in New Zealand rugby, which was a huge motivation for me to re-commit,” said Mo’unga.

“I’m really grateful to be part of a club that means a lot to me and that has given me the opportunity to better myself as a rugby player and as a person. 

“I want to keep striving to be the best I can be, which ultimately is why I’ve made the decision to stay in this environment.”

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen added: “Congratulations to Richie on his re-signing. 

“He is developing into a very good rugby player and it’s great that he’s staying, as he is only going to get better and better.”

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