17.07. - Rugby Union
Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty has signed a new one-year contract with New Zealand Rugby after snubbing offers from France.
The 28-year-old centre has established himself as a regular in the All Blacks' midfield since their 2015 World Cup triumph, racking up 27 Test caps for his nation, 11 of which came last year.
Crotty's excellent form over the last two years has seen him linked with a lucrative move to France but he has turned his back on that option to stay in New Zealand, where he will ply his club trade with the Crusaders.
With the 2019 World Cup fast approaching, Crotty has admitted he could be tempted to extend his contract with New Zealand Rugby beyond its new cut off point, claiming he is eager to continue representing the All Blacks.
"I like to take things one year at a time and, when I thought about where I could picture myself in 2018, I just didn't feel like my time here in New Zealand was up yet," Crotty said in a statement.
"I still get a thrill each time I pull on the black or red and black jerseys and I feel really motivated to perform for those teams. I genuinely think I have my best rugby in me yet and I want to play that rugby for the teams I have grown up supporting and who I feel so honoured to play for no."