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Thomson eyes Crusaders Super15 move

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Highlanders star Adam Thomson could be wearing the Crusaders No 6 jersey in next year’s inaugural Super 15.


The All Blacks flanker will come off contract with Otago and the NZRU at the end of 2010 and RugbyEnews understands he is contemplating a return home to Christchurch, where he would form an all-star loose forward trio with national teammates Richie McCaw and Kieran Read at the Crusaders.


Thomson played First XV rugby with Dan Carter at Christchurch Boys’ High School and says that moving to Christchurch “is an option” but he hasn’t made any decisions yet.


However, the 28-year-old admits his next contract will be signed with the future in mind.


“I’ll have to look at everything, because I’m not getting any younger,” says Thomson.


“I’ve got to start looking for the future. I’ve been here in Dunedin for a while now, so I’ll have a look at things, but I can’t really say (what will happen) at the moment because I’m pretty busy trying to play my best for the Highlanders.”


Thomson moved to Dunedin to study at Otago University after finishing high school.


He would be a welcome addition to Todd Blackadder’s Crusaders side in 2011 with Thomas Waldrom set to link with the Leicester Tigers after this year’s campaign.


Read, the incumbent All Blacks No 8, has played the majority of his Crusaders rugby at blindside but Waldrom’s departure will allow him to permanently move to the back of the scrum – something the All Blacks selectors will be happy to see.


With Thomson and McCaw operating in a ‘twin-fetchers’ partnership, the Crusaders would have one of the most potent loose forward combinations in the competition’s history.


Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach isn’t willing to confirm or deny whether the franchise has been in talks with 15-test All Black.


“Our policy is not to comment on rumours and such forth, so I’m not going to change that now,” Riach told Rugbyenews.


“There are always gaps to fill every year, and we’ll take into account development players and also other players elsewhere before we put together a squad for next year.”


Meanwhile, Thomson says the Highlanders’ 39-29 victory over the Lions on Friday was “desperately needed for the team going forward”.


“It was pretty ugly at times, and also disappointing that we didn’t get a bonus point try, but we’ll take the win,” says Thomson, who took over as captain when Jimmy Cowan left the field midway through the second half.


“We just didn’t finish off our opportunities, which has kind of been the story of the year so far.”

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