Aaron Cruden heading to Montpellier


All Black Aaron Cruden has finally let the cat out of the bag and announced he will be leaving the Chiefs, and New Zealand, to finish his career in Europe.

"It is with great sadness but also excitement that this will be my last year playing rugby here in New Zealand, representing Manawatu, the Chiefs and also the All Blacks," the 28 year old said in his video statement.

After falling behind Beauden Barrett in the All Black pecking order, Cruden fielded some big offers from overseas and has decided to sign with French team Montpellier.

"The excitement comes with the fact that I've signed a three-year deal in Montpellier in France in a beautiful part of the world, a fantastic rugby club and a real opportunity to go out there and experience something different."

He'll definitely be able to experience something with the solid NZ$1.19 million per season, three year contract.

He'll join the likes of former Springboks Jannie and Bismarck Du Plessis as well as former Crusader Nemani Nadolo.