Confirmed: Aaron Cruden Is On His Way To Europe
All Blacks outhalf Aaron Cruden has signed a three-year deal with Montpellier and will move to the French club next season.
The 47-Test All Black will play out the Super Rugby season for the Chiefs and will be available for selection for the All Blacks in the Lions Series 2017 in June and July.
The 28-year-old, who has 43 caps for his country, has reportedly agreed a two-year contract with the option of a third at €800,000 per season.
In a statement Cruden said on the move:
“It’s with great sadness that this will be my last year playing rugby here in New Zealand, representing Manawatu, the Chiefs and also the All Blacks.
“Personally I would like to thank all of the rugby fans across New Zealand for all of the loyal and continued support that you have given me throughout my career.
“Thanks also to my friends and family. They have stuck by me and given me all that support that was needed for a young kid from Palmy to live out a childhood dream.
“I look forward to the next six months in New Zealand. Firstly Super Rugby with the Chiefs and hopefully making a good run at that title. If the future holds an All Blacks jersey in the Lions series I will be working hard to make sure that happens,”
Montpellier club president Mohad Altrad has long been an admirer of Cruden and he’ll replace the outgoing Demetri Catrakilis, who moves to Harlequins.