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Ryan Crotty has a well-earned reputation as a rock-solid midfielder and has taken his game to another level in recent seasons, adding nine appearances to his All Blacks record in 2018.
The experienced midfielder, who can cover both second five-eighth and centre, has also built up considerable game time at Super level, reaching a century of matches in 2016.
His first try for the All Blacks cemented his place in rugby folklore, scoring the match-winning five pointer in the final minutes of the 2013 Test against Ireland in Dublin, which secured an unbeaten record for the All Blacks that year.
Crotty made his first-class debut for Canterbury as a teenager and started his career in black early, representing New Zealand Schools in 2006, winning the Junior World Championship in Wales with New Zealand Under 20s in 2008 and playing for the Junior All Blacks in 2009.
Crotty’s mother Robyn is a former New Zealand water polo representative and his father Steve played rugby for Nelson Bays.
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