Rennie fumes at Cruden axe
October 18, 2010
Aaron Cruden could be back in action for Manawatu this weekend © Getty Images
Manawatu boss Dave Rennie has hit out at the All Black selectors following Aaron Cruden's omission from their November tour squad.
The Turbos pivot served as understudy to Dan Carter during the Tri-Nations, playing five Tests off the bench before making his run-on debut in their final game of the tournament against Australia in Sydney.
Rennie believes that Cruden's lack of game-time this season, he also shared the Hurricanes' No.10 jersey during the Super 14, counted against him in the final reckoning as Waikato's Stephen Donald took the inside line to the tour squad after recovering from injury.
"I don't agree with the decision," Rennie told The Manawatu Standard. "He hasn't been allowed to play any footy this season. He had to sit and watch a lot of footy this year. Maybe the fact he hasn't had enough game time has counted against him.
"Then they picked him to start the Test match which was a dead rubber in Sydney and the forwards were poor in front of him. He was always on a hiding to nothing."
Cruden has reported to training with Manawatu prior to Saturday's ITM Cup meeting with Otago in Dunedin.
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