Fri 27 Aug 2021 | 08:52

Crusaders bolster squad with All Blacks scrumhalf

Crusaders bolster squad with All Blacks scrumhalf
Fri 27 Aug 2021 | 08:52
Crusaders bolster squad with All Blacks scrumhalf
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TRANSFER NEWS: Chiefs scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi is set to join the Crusaders next season, having signed with the franchise for their 2022 Super Rugby campaign.

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The 26-year-old, who has three Test caps to his name and plays his provincial rugby with Bay of Plenty, said he looks forward to the challenge of a new environment down in Christchurch.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to join a club that has such an awesome track record in Super Rugby, and it’s exciting to have the chance to contribute to a team like the Crusaders,” Tahuriorangi said.

“I worked with Razor a few years back as part of the New Zealand Under-20s programme, so I’m looking forward to reconnecting with him next season and embracing a fresh challenge in my rugby career.”

Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson said Tahuriorangi completes a competitive trio of scrumhalf in the 2022 squad.

“I was really impressed by Te Toiroa during our 2015 Junior World Championship campaign, he was a big part of our success that year and we’re looking forward to getting the best out of him next season,” Robertson said.

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“I know he’s prepared to come down here and compete for a spot which is hugely exciting, and we look forward to welcoming him into our whānau.”

After representing New Zealand at the 2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi was named in the New Zealand Barbarians team to play the Māori All Blacks later that year.

He debuted for the Hurricanes in 2016, playing for the Wellington-based Super Rugby side 10 times before moving to the Chiefs in 2018.

The Rotorua-born selected was selected in the Māori All Blacks team to play the British and Irish Lions in 2017, and travelled with the side on their Northern Hemisphere tour.

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Tahuriorangi became All Black #1174 in 2018 when he made his debut against Argentina in Nelson, and went on to play Tests against Japan and Italy.

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