Uncapped All Blacks lock inks new deal to stay in New Zealand through to 2023
The 24-year-old has made a name for himself as an impressive figure at the Christchurch franchise since making his Super Rugby debut in 2017.
Emerging as one of the most promising young locks in New Zealand, Strange was named as one of seven new caps in Ian Foster’s first-ever All Blacks squad last year, despite missing a large part of the Super Rugby season due to injuries.
However, an ankle injury robbed him of a test debut, with fellow uncapped Crusaders teammate Mitchell Dunshea called into the squad as Strange’s replacement.
The Takaka-born product since went on to play leading roles in Tasman’s back-to-back provincial titles in 2019 and 2020.
By re-signing to the Crusaders, Strange joins a growing nucleus of key players re-committing themselves to the reigning Super Rugby Aotearoa champions leading into the 2023 World Cup in France.
Strange could make his first outing for the Crusaders since signing his new contract extension this Friday when his side take on the Highlanders in a pre-season fixture in Temuka.
The South Island rivals will then open the Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on February 26.
Crusaders players signed beyond this season
2022: Oli Jager, Joe Moody, Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, Will Jordan.
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