All Blacks centre Jack Goodhue commits long-term future to New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
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All Blacks centre Jack Goodhue has committed his long-term future to New Zealand Rugby and Super Rugby club Crusaders after signing a new three-year deal.

The 25-year-old will join the likes of Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Scott Barrett, Beauden Barrett and Anton Lienert-Brown in signing new deals with NZR.

“It’s an awesome opportunity. Of course, I love playing rugby in New Zealand. Love representing my province at home in Northland, playing for the Crusaders and whatever rugby I can for New Zealand. It’s awesome," he said in a statement released by NZR.

Goodhue started his career with Canterbury in 2014 and moved to Northlands in 2017 - the same year which he went on to make his Super Rugby debut for Crusaders.

“Jack is a world-class midfielder and a critical member of the Crusaders team, who has been integral to our success,” said Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson.

“At 25, he’s earned more than 50 Super Rugby caps and is a genuine leader in our group. We’re excited he’s confirmed his playing future in red and black.”

The 6ft 2in centre played for the All Blacks 13 times and was part of their squad in last year's World Cup in Japan.

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster expressed delight in retaining the services of Goodhue for next three years.

“It’s fantastic news that Jack has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby for three more years. He’s grown immensely as a player since coming into our group in 2017 and has some real international experience under his belt which will serve him well in the future.

“He’s also a growing leader in our team and we look forward to seeing how his influence grows both on and of field over the next few years".

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