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All Blacks drop Cruden after boozy night out

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The All Blacks have dropped and suspended playmaker Aaron Cruden for two Rugby Championship matches after he went out drinking and missed the team’s flight to Argentina.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that Cruden will miss New Zealand’s matches against Argentina and South Africa.

Hansen said that Cruden has been out drinking in Auckland on Saturday evening and missed the team’s plane to Argentina where they will play the Pumas in La Plata.

Twenty-five-year-old Cruden has been the All Blacks first choice No.10 whilst Dan Carter has been out injured and Beauden Barrett is expected to step up in his place.

“As a consequence of his actions, he has been left at home,” Hansen said on the All Blacks Twitter account.

“We are extremely disappointed at Aaron’s actions which are out of character. He is embarrassed at his actions.”

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said that he was “gutted” following Cruden’s behaviour.

“An incident like this with Aaron is very out of character but we have treated it on its merits,” said Tew.

“There’s a very high threshold of expectation within this team.”

Whilst Barrett is expected to start at 10 against Argentina this week the All Blacks have called up Crusaders pivot Tom Taylor as cover.

Cruden will be available for selection again for the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup match against Australia in Brisbane on October the 18th.

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