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IMPRESSIVE outside back George Bridge has thrived in the successful environment of the Crusaders Super Rugby team.
Born in Gisborne, Bridge moved down to Christchurch seven years ago to play club rugby, getting selected in the under 20s national team and Canterbury.
He had an outstanding Super Rugby debut during the Crusaders successful 2017 campaign. His dynamic skills and pace saw him score eight tries, along with hat-tricks against both the Stormers and the Cheetahs. At the end of the season he was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award.
He continued his form into 2018, finishing second-equal on the leading try scorers list with 15 tries in the Crusaders’ back to back title season. This year, at time of publishing, Bridge’s strong attacking play helped the Crusaders reach the Investec Super Rugby Final to defend their title.
His pace and security with the ball caught the eyes of the All Blacks Selectors and Bridge made his Test debut against Japan, where he scored two tries in the team’s 69-31 victory.
He was a member of the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad in 2019 and backed that up with selection in the All Blacks squad in both 2020 and 2021.