All Blacks star Joe Moody recommits to New Zealand Rugby
NZR’s capture of Moody’s signature is an especially significant one given his status as New Zealand’s most experienced prop, with 57 tests and a 2015 World Cup title to his name.
Furthermore, the 33-year-old is also a Super Rugby centurion with the Crusaders, the franchise of which he has won five titles with since his debut in 2013.
In a statement released on Friday, Moody said he was excited to extend his stay in New Zealand, particularly in Christchurch, where he is based.
“It’s a bloody good footy scene here in New Zealand and I’ve got a great set up down here in Christchurch, so looking forward to getting stuck in again over the next few seasons and playing my part,” he said.
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster was equally pleased with the retention of Moody, who he described “a hugely respected member” of the national squad.
“It’s great news having Moods recommit for the next few years. He’s a hugely respected member of our squad and goes about his work in a quiet, understated way,” Foster said.
“We look forward to working with him in the seasons to come and I know he will be fully committed to being the best he can possibly be.”
Likewise, Crusaders boss Scott Robertson made note of the contributions Moody has made to his side at Super Rugby level and is keen for that to continue over the coming years.
“Joe is a proud 100-game Crusader who cares about this team and has been a key part of our front row for the past nine seasons,” Robertson said.
“He really has set the benchmark for loosehead props worldwide and we’re grateful he’ll continue to share his expertise over the next three seasons, with our young front rowers coming through.”
Canterbury Rugby chief executive Tony Smail, meanwhile, said he was happy that one of the province’s top players has remained onboard for the foreseeable future.
“We’re really delighted to have Joe re-sign and continue his commitment to Canterbury Rugby. Joe’s a great, home-grown talent and great role model for everyone in our region.”
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