All Black Richie Mo'unga signs new one-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and Crusaders

Richie Mo'unga has played 32 Tests for New Zealand
Richie Mo'unga has played 32 Tests for New Zealand
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All Blacks fly-half Richie Mo'unga has committed his immediate future with New Zealand Rugby and Crusaders after signing a one-year contract extension until the end of 2023 World Cup.

The 27-year-old made his New Zealand debut in 2018 against France and has gone on to feature for them 32 times. He also played five World Cup games for the All Blacks during the 2019 World Cup campaign that ended with a semi-final defeat to England.

The news of Mo'unga extending his stay with New Zealand has been a boost for Ian Foster's men with Beauden Barrett also having a contract until the next year's World Cup in France while Damian McKenzie, who is currently playing in Japan is also expected to sign a new contract.

Mo'unga made his professional rugby debut with Canterbury in 2013 but his impact became noticeable once he made his Super Rugby debut with Crusaders in 2016 racking up close to 100 appearances. He also enjoyed three Super Rugby titles with Crusaders in 2017, 2018 and 2019 while also winning Super Rugby Aotearoa titles in 2020 and 2021.

New Zealand will be hosting Ireland in a three-game Test series to be played on 2nd July, 9th July and 16th July with Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington being the venues respectively.