Richie Mo'unga signs new deal with New Zealand Rugby and Crusaders at least until 2022

Richie Mo'unga will continue to play Super Rugby for Crusaders
Richie Mo'unga will continue to play Super Rugby for Crusaders
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All Blacks fly-half Richie Mo'unga has pledged his immediate future with New Zealand Rugby and Crusaders after signing a new deal at least until 2022.

Mo'unga made his professional rugby debut for provincial side Canterbury 2013 and went on to be part of the squad that went on to clinch the ITM Cup in 2015 and also came up with a man of the match performance in the 2017 final against Tasman.

The 24-year-old's Super Rugby debut came in 2016 for Crusaders as they went on to win the domestic titles during the 2017 and 2018 editions.

“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.

“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.”

Mo'unga made his debut for All Blacks during home series against France in June 2018 and has featured in nine Tests - all of it coming last year - in which he scored 52 points.

“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," said New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen.

“He made a great start last year in his first All Blacks season and we look forward to him going to an even higher level this year. It’ll be exciting to watch just how far he can go.”

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