All Blacks and Crusaders midfielder Ryan Crotty re-signs with NZ Rugby through to 2018

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All Blacks and Crusaders midfielder Ryan Crotty has confirmed today that he has signed on for another year with New Zealand Rugby.

Ryan Crotty.
New Zealand All Blacks v British and Irish Lions. 1st Rugby union test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday 24 June 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

NZ centre Ryan Crotty takes on the line during the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions' first Test in Auckland.

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Crotty, 28, says he is enjoying is footy in New Zealand and didn't think it is the right time to leave for overseas yet.

"I genuinely think I have my best rugby in me yet and I want to play that rugby for the teams I have grown up supporting and who I feel so honoured to play for now," said Crotty.

"I still get a thrill each time I pull on the black or red and black jerseys and I feel really motivated to perform for those teams.

"I like to take things one year at a time and when I thought about where I could picture myself in 2018, I just didn't feel like my time here in New Zealand was up yet."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Crotty is an outstanding footballer and has a lot more to offer the black jersey.

"We are delighted that 'Crotts' has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby," said Hansen.

"He's an incredibly valuable member of the All Blacks, is a smart footballer and provides us with a cool, calm, collected presence in the midfield."

Crotty debuted for the All Blacks in 2013 against Australia and has played 27 Tests for New Zealand.

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