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Cruden to play in France after Super Rugby season

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All Blacks and Chiefs number 10 has agreed to play in France for Montpellier after the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Cruden has signed a three year deal and will be coached by Scotland’s New Zealand-born coach Vern Cotter who will join the French club after the Six Nations.

Cruden will complete his commitments for the Chiefs and leave for France in August which keeps him eligible for All Black selection during the the British and Irish Lions tour in June.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cruden has won 47 caps for New Zealand but has slipped behind Beauden Barrett in the selection order.

In a video posted online Cruden said, “It is with great sadness but great excitement that this will be my last year playing in New Zealand,” he said.

“I have signed a three-year deal with Montpellier in France, which is a beautiful part of the world, a fantastic rugby club and a real opportunity for me to go out there and experience something different.”

Some sources in France have reported that Cruden will be paid €800,000 (NZ$1.2 million) a season to play for the club.

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