Updated: 06/17/2014 06:57 | By Agence France-Presse

Cruden re-signs with All Blacks to 2017

All Blacks pivot Aaron Cruden announced Tuesday he had re-signed with the All Blacks for another three years, securing his services for next year's World Cup and the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour.


Cruden re-signs with All Blacks to 2017

New Zealand All Blacks player Aaron Cruden (R) looks towards captain Richie McCaw (L) during their rugby union match against England at Eden Park in Auckland on June 7, 2014 - by Michael Bradley

The 25-year-old, who has proved an able understudy to the ageing Dan Carter, said he was delighted to be staying with the All Blacks, who have a policy of not picking players who are not based in New Zealand.

"I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given and I want to continue giving my very best to this great game," he said.

Cruden earned the first of his 31 Test caps in 2010 but really came of age a year later, when he became the All Blacks' playmaker at the World Cup after Carter suffered a tournament-ending groin strain.

While an injury forced him off in the final, Cruden did enough in New Zealand's successful campaign for him to be anointed Carter's long-term successor.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Cruden, who survived a bout of testicular cancer in 2008, offered leadership and exciting skills.

"'Crudes' is an outstanding young talent, a great team man and leader in our group," he said. "His contribution to All Blacks rugby and his other teams has been outstanding."  

Cruden is also co-captain of the Waikato Chiefs, back-to-back defending champions in the Super 15 competition.

With Carter on a sabbatical, Cruden has faced competition for the number 10 jersey during the current series against England from Wellington Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett.

England lead the series 2-0 ahead of the third and final Test in Hamilton on Saturday.

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