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At the Hurricanes new All Blacks Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita have been joined by centre Matt Proctor and lock Geoff Cridge in extending their stays while at the Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond, first five-eighths Mitchell Hunt and George Bridge have re-signed with the club.

New All Black Ngani Laumape who made his Test debut on his Super Rugby home ground at Westpac Stadium against the British & Irish Lions said after signing with the Hurricanes and the Manawatu Turbos for two more seasons: "Coming back to rugby union from rugby league in 2016 was a massive challenge, but the Hurricanes coaches have made the transition a lot easier and I've loved every minute.



"The Hurricanes environment has really helped me develop my game and I can't wait to continue that progress over the next two seasons."

Fifita, who debuted for the All Blacks against Samoa at Eden Park last month, said, "I've learned so much since joining the Hurricanes in 2015 and I feel very lucky to have been part of the club over the past three years.

"Representing the All Blacks was a dream come true and I'm thankful to the Hurricanes coaching staff for helping me realise my potential. I know I still have a long way to go and the Hurricanes is the right place for me to continue my career."

Proctor, who debuted for the Hurricanes in 2013, has signed through until 2019 while Cridge, in his first season from Hawke's Bay, although interrupted by injury, was keen to repay that faith in 2018.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said: "We have an incredible group of young players in this squad who have stepped up and impressed with their talent this year. These three players are a shining example of that."

While they had some of the best players in the world in the Crusaders squad players like Bridge, Hunt and Drummond had stolen the spotlight on occasions with their feats. Hunt's dropped goal from halfway for the Crusaders to beat the Highlanders before the June international break was one of the top moments of the season while Bridge's try-scoring feats were significant in the side's play this year.

Drummond joined the Crusaders in 2014 and has signed until 2020 while Hunt is in his second season after playing with Bridge in the 2015 New Zealand World champion Under-20 team. Hunt has signed until 2019.

Bridge's signing caps his move to Canterbury from Gisborne as a teenager to attend the Crusaders Academy. He has scored eight tries for the Crusaders this season.