The return to New Zealand of Aaron Cruden, a former member of the All Black group, despite a shortage of leading players in the country, was considered very unlikely.
Damian McKenzie’s late-season injury to ACL last week in the Blues defeat to the Chiefs left. The All Blacks in the semifinals 5th overall at five months of the Rugby World Cup. Their fans are excited to get their Rugby World Cup Tickets.
There is growing speculation as to who will replace the first five / halfback, with options at the national level, including Otere Black, Brett Cameron, Mitch Hunt, Marty McKenzie, and Josh Ioane. But there are no eligible candidates left.
As a result, some have suggested that the All Black at 50 tries could be waiting for a shock call from the national team. While he was under contract with the French club Top 14, Montpellier.
Since McKenzie’s untimely injury, the Chiefs have been called upon to sign a new contract with their former game maker at the end of the European club season to end the Super Rugby campaign in 2019, making it eligible for Rugby World Cup.
However, speaking to Newstalk ZB, Chief Executive Officer Michael Collins almost completely ruled out this possibility.
“I do not think it’s realistic,” said Collins.
“In a perfect world, with Damian going down, that would be wonderful but what I understand is he’s contracted to his French club and that season doesn’t end until May or June. I don’t think he’ll be back playing for the Chiefs this year.”
The Pro14 Warriors, coached by former Cruden Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, will also continue his signature. Information suggests that the Scottish club offers a much lower value than what Cruden currently earns in Montpellier.
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