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Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden is one of the best attacking players in international rugby with a strong boot and proven ability to spark his backline. The Manawatu first five-eighth has established himself as one of the world's leading playmakers since making his Super Rugby debut in 2010.

Cruden is welcomed back to the All Blacks for the first time since appearing against England at Twickenham in 2014. Recovery from injuries - including knee reconstruction surgery - kept him off the field for large periods in 2015 but he has been in stellar form for the Chiefs in 2016.

He played six Tests following his All Blacks debut, was part of the Manawatu side that made the ITM Cup Championship Final, received the ITM Cup Player of the Year award and joined the All Blacks RWC 2011 squad for three Tests, appearing against Argentina, Australia and France.

Cruden made his provincial debut for Manawatu Turbos in 2008 and captained New Zealand to the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship title in Japan, as well as being named IRB Junior Player of the Year 2009.

Cruden made his Hurricanes debut on 29 January 2010 against The Brumbies in Porirua. On 20 February 2010, he scored his first Super Rugby points when he converted a try in the Hurricanes' 47-22 win over Western Force at the Westpac Stadium. He scored his first try for the Hurricanes in the 33-31 success against the Hughlanders in Dunedin on On 24 April 2010.

He was a key director of the Chiefs’ back-to-back Investec Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013. With competition stiff for the number 10 jersey, Cruden has established himself as an on-field general who has great vision for scoring opportunities.

First Five-Eighths
1.78m, 84kg
Test Debut:
v Ireland at New Plymouth 12/6/10
Test Points Breakdown:
5t, 56c, 56p, 1dg
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • Manawatu Air New Zealand Cup team (2008)
    Palmerston North Boys High School 1st XV (2006)
    Hurricanes 2010
    All Blacks 2010

    Rugby ground: FMG Stadium – Palmerston North
    Rugby player and why:
    Food: Steak, chips and eggs
    Actor/Actress: Charlize Theron and Jason Statham
    Movie: Stepbrothers and Pineapple Express
    Singer/Band/Music type: Bit of everything
    Holiday destination: Gold Coast
    Non-rugby sports team: Liverpool
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Lance Armstrong
    Earliest rugby memories: running around bare foot in the frost
    I hate it when….people snore
    I can’t live without…..water
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. waiting on tables

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (+)
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (+)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (+)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (+)
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28 (+)
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22 (-)

10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10 (+)
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7 (-)

9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10 (+)
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (-)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0 (+)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (+)
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (+)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (+)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (-)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (+)

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13 (-)
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (-)
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27 (-)
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33 (-)
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19 (+)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (+)
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22

7 June v England at Auckland 20-15
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (-)
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12 (-)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (-)
23 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10 (-)
1 Nov v USA at Chicago (-)
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (-)

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22 (-)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (+)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (+)
10 September v Argentina 57-22 (+)
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10 (+)