18 Facts About Aaron Cruden


Aaron Wiremu Cruden was born on 8 January 1989 and is a New Zealand rugby union player, who plays for Chiefs and formerly Montpellier, Manawatu and New Zealand internationally.

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Aaron Cruden captained the 2006 Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV which included the likes of Hadleigh Parkes, Kurt Baker and Andre Taylor.

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Aaron Cruden was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 19, which necessitated the removal of one of his testicles.

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In 2008, Aaron Cruden attended the High Performance Player's Course at the International Rugby Academy NZ.

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Aaron Cruden made his provincial debut for Manawatu Turbos in 2008.

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Aaron Cruden captained New Zealand to the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship title in 2009 in Japan, as well as being named IRB Junior Player of the Year 2009.

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Aaron Cruden made his Hurricanes debut on 29 January 2010 against the Brumbies in Porirua.

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Aaron Cruden said that it was his relationship with new Chiefs coach Dave Rennie that swayed his decision to leave the Hurricanes and set up base in Hamilton for 2012.

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Aaron Cruden kicked 3 second half conversions, a penalty and a drop goal with 5 minutes remaining, to seal the victory.

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In 2010 Aaron Cruden made his debut for the All Blacks in a test match against Ireland.

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On 30 May 2010, Aaron Cruden had been named as one of four new caps in the All Blacks squad to play test matches against Ireland and Wales.

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On 2 October 2011, during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, it was announced Aaron Cruden had been called up as a replacement in the All Blacks squad for Dan Carter, after the New Zealand starting fly-half injured his groin during training.

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On 9 October 2011, Aaron Cruden again replaced Colin Slade, now as starting fly-half, due to a groin injury received by Slade during the World Cup Quarter Final with Argentina.

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On 23 October 2011, Aaron Cruden started for the All Blacks in the World Cup Final at Eden Park, but left the field in the 34th minute with a knee injury, believed to be hyperextension.

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Aaron Cruden won his twelfth cap for the All Blacks in the final test against Ireland in Hamilton on 23 June 2012 replacing the injured Dan Carter in the starting line-up.

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On 8 September 2012, Aaron Cruden started in the 2012 Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.

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Aaron Cruden returned to Super Rugby as captain of the Chiefs and was re-selected for New Zealand in 2016, having missed the 2015 season due to injury.

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Aaron Cruden was initially used as the starting fly-half, but continued to struggle with injury.

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