Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty is a versatile player who can slot in at first or second five-eighth. All Blacks fans will long remember Ryan Crotty’s try in the final minutes of the 2013 Ireland Test, which kept the team’s perfect season intact. 

The 2006 New Zealand Schools representative entered the national selection frame on the strength of outstanding performances for Canterbury Under 18 and at the New Zealand Under 19 trial camps.

He attended Shirley Boys' High, the same school as All Black and Canterbury stalwart Chris Jack, and is currently studying towards a degree in sports coaching at Canterbury University. 

Crotty missed selection in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad but his fine form in the 2016 Investec Super Rugby earned him a call up to the first All Blacks squad of 2016 to take on Wales.

His mother represented New Zealand in waterpolo while his father has also played first class rugby in New Zealand.

Second Five-Eighths
1.81m, 94kg
Test Debut:
v Australia at Sydney 17 August 2013
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • Career notes:
    New Zealand Under 19 (2007)
    Crusaders wider training squad (2007)
    New Zealand Schools (2006)
    Southern Regions Schools (2006)
    Canterbury Under 18 (2005, 2006)
    Shirley Boys’ High School First XV (2005, 2006)

    Ryan’s favourites
    Hobbies: Surfing, playing computer games, touch rugby, back yard cricket
    Favourite rugby ground: Ravenhill, Ireland and Jade Stadium, Christchurch
    Favourite player: Aaron Mauger and Jeff Wilson. Both really good rugby minds and also possessing high skill levels
    Favourite food: Pizza
    Favourite actor/actress: Will Ferrell and Robert de Niro
    Favourite movie: Transformers / 300 / The Lion King
    Favourite book: ‘It’s not about the Bike’ (Lance Armstrong)
    Favourite music: All music but especially Chris Brown, Rhianna, Phil Collins, Oasis and The Temptations
    Favourite non-rugby sports team: Sydney City Roosters
    Favourite holiday destination: Spain, the south of France or Greece
    Who would you like to meet? Winston Churchill, to get some key ideas on how to make good decisions under intense pressure
    Earliest rugby memories: Being kicked in the face by accident in New Brighton under 5 gold team
    I hate it when… We lose or I get injured… or I’m hungry
    I can’t live without… My mother
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be… Something involved with sport, like personal training or coaching.

Test Match record

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17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (+)
2 Nov v Japan at Tokyo 54-6 (+)
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19 (+)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (+)
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22 (+)

21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (+)
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12 (+)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27 (+)
1 Nov v USA at Chicago
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (+)
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (+)

8 July v Samoa at Apia 15-16 (-)
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (+)

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (-)
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 (-)
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (-)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15 (-)
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (-)
27 November v France at Paris 24-19 (-)

23 Jun v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 30-15 (-)
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34 (-)
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (-)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0
8 October v South Africa 25-24
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (-)
11 November v France at Paris 38-18 (-)
18 November v Scotland 22-17
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (-)

9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (-)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36