All Blacks land key signature
CONTRACT NEWS: All Blacks, Crusaders and Northland midfielder Jack Goodhue has committed his long-term future to New Zealand.
The 25-year-old has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders through until the 2023 World Cup.
He has also signed on to play for Northland, his province of birth, through to 2023.
“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Goodhue said.”
“Of course, I love playing rugby in New Zealand. Love representing my province at home in Northland, playing for the Crusaders and whatever rugby I can for New Zealand.
The versatile midfielder’s signature adds to an exciting core of All Blacks who have inked deals to play in New Zealand long-term, including Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Scott Barrett, Beauden Barrett and Anton Lienert-Brown.
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“It’s fantastic news that Jack has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby for three more years,” All Black coach Ian Foster said:
“He’s grown immensely as a player since coming into our group in 2017 and has some real international experience under his belt which will serve him well in the future.
“He’s also a growing leader in our team and we look forward to seeing how his influence grows both on and of field over the next few years.”
Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson recognised Goodhue as a significant re-signing for his team.
“Jack is a world-class midfielder and a critical member of the Crusaders team, who has been integral to our success.
“At 25, he’s earned more than 50 Super Rugby caps and is a genuine leader in our group. We’re excited he’s confirmed his playing future in red and black.”
Northland Rugby Chief Executive Cameron Bell has welcomed Goodhue’s return to his provincial roots.
“Northland Rugby and the Kawakawa community are super excited that our Jack has committed through to 2023. He is an inspiration to our tamariki and rangatahi and will be part of the backbone of Northland rugby’s resurgence. Rise the Taniwha.”