Ryan Crotty has a well-earned reputation as a rock-solid midfielder and has taken his game to another level in recent seasons, adding nine appearances to his All Blacks record in 2018.
The experienced midfielder, who can cover both second five-eighth and centre, has also built up considerable game time at Super level, reaching a century of matches in 2016.
His first try for the All Blacks cemented his place in rugby folklore, scoring the match-winning five pointer in the final minutes of the 2013 Test against Ireland in Dublin, which secured an unbeaten record for the All Blacks that year.
Crotty made his first-class debut for Canterbury as a teenager and started his career in black early, representing New Zealand Schools in 2006, winning the Junior World Championship in Wales with New Zealand Under 20s in 2008 and playing for the Junior All Blacks in 2009.
Crotty’s mother Robyn is a former New Zealand water polo representative and his father Steve played rugby for Nelson Bays.
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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.