Richie Mo'unga inks World Cup contract extension with New Zealand Rugby
Mo’unga announced on live television on Friday that he has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the All Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury in 2023.
“Some good news, for me and my family, that we’ve re-signed for next year’s season in 2023,” the newly-turned 28-year-old told Sky Sport ahead of the Crusaders’ 28-15 Super Rugby Pacific win over the Reds in Christchurch.
Mo’unga was absent from that match as he dealt with a rib injury, but was confident that he will “good to go” for next week’s quarter-final match against the Reds at Orangetheory Stadium.
“For me, I think it’s really important I just look after myself, keep myself in the best shape possible so I can be in the conversation for quarter-finals next week.”
NZR’s retention of Mo’unga adds to their long list of All Blacks who have signed on until next year’s World Cup, where Mo’unga is expected to partner Beauden Barrett as New Zealand’s first-five options.
Since his first-class debut for Canterbury as a teenager in 2013, Mo’unga has become a key figure in the New Zealand rugby landscape.
A five-time Super Rugby title-winner with the Crusaders, who he debuted for in 2016, Mo’unga has been crucial in the recent success of the Christchurch-based franchise.
That much is reflected by his status as a three-time Super Rugby Player of the Year award-winner, a feat that helped him become an All Black in 2017.
During that time, he was New Zealand’s starting first-five at the 2019 World Cup in Japan, and has notched more than 50 appearances for Canterbury – with whom he has won four NPC titles – as he narrows in on his 100th match for the Crusaders.
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