Ryan Crotty is a versatile player who can slot in at first or second five-eighth. All Blacks fans will long remember Ryan Crotty’s try in the final minutes of the 2013 Ireland Test, which kept the team’s perfect season intact. It remains his only try for the All Blacks to date.
The 2006 New Zealand Schools representative entered the national selection frame on the strength of outstanding performances for Canterbury Under 18 and at the New Zealand Under 19 trial camps.
He attended Shirley Boys' High, the same school as All Black and Canterbury stalwart Chris Jack, and is currently studying towards a degree in sports coaching at Canterbury University.
His mother represented New Zealand in waterpolo while his father has also played first class rugby in New Zealand.
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New Zealand Under 19 (2007)
Crusaders wider training squad (2007)
New Zealand Schools (2006)
Southern Regions Schools (2006)
Canterbury Under 18 (2005, 2006)
Shirley Boys’ High School First XV (2005, 2006)
Hobbies: Surfing, playing computer games, touch rugby, back yard cricket
Favourite rugby ground: Ravenhill, Ireland and Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Favourite player: Aaron Mauger and Jeff Wilson. Both really good rugby minds and also possessing high skill levels
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite actor/actress: Will Ferrell and Robert de Niro
Favourite movie: Transformers / 300 / The Lion King
Favourite book: ‘It’s not about the Bike’ (Lance Armstrong)
Favourite music: All music but especially Chris Brown, Rhianna, Phil Collins, Oasis and The Temptations
Favourite non-rugby sports team: Sydney City Roosters
Favourite holiday destination: Spain, the south of France or Greece
Who would you like to meet? Winston Churchill, to get some key ideas on how to make good decisions under intense pressure
Earliest rugby memories: Being kicked in the face by accident in New Brighton under 5 gold team
I hate it when… We lose or I get injured… or I’m hungry
I can’t live without… My mother
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be… Something involved with sport, like personal training or coaching.