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Now working in Sydney, the Canterbury player who kicked his way into the record books and earned a reputation as one New Zealand's best ever first five eighths has been brought on board by Head Coach Michael Cheika to work with the team throughout the 2014 season.
Born in Durban in 1973, Mehrtens moved to New Zealand as a youngster, grew up in Christchurch where he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, who both played for Canterbury and New Zealand. Mehrtens debuted for the All Blacks in the 1995 season, scoring 28 points against Canada.
In 1999 Mehrtens kicked a record nine penalties in a Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia and went on to enjoy a 12-year career at first-class level. He remains the second all-time highest points scorer for New Zealand.
Mehrtens played a key role in the Crusaders’ three title wins from 1998 - 2000 and again when they won the Super 12 in 2001 and 2005.