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Aaron Cruden
New Zealand
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Full name Aaron Wiremu Cruden
Born January 8, 1989, Palmerston North
Current age 25 years 235 days
Major teams Chiefs, Hurricanes, Manawatu, New Zealand
Position Fly-half
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 180 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2010-2014 34 20 14 250 3 44 48 1 31 1 2 94.11
Bledisloe Cup 2010-2014 8 5 3 74 2 11 14 0 6 0 2 87.50
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 3 2 1 5 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 100.00
The Rugby Championship 2010-2014 13 8 5 97 1 16 20 0 12 0 1 96.15

Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Ireland at New Plymouth, Jun 12, 2010 match details
Last Test New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Aug 23, 2014 match details
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Aaron Cruden has emerged as a real challenger to Dan Carter for the All Blacks' fly-half spot and has cemented his status as one of the world's best young No.10s.

Having survived a bout of testicular cancer as a teenager, Cruden's rise to the All Blacks was meteoric. He led the 'Baby Blacks', New Zealand's Under-20 side, to victory at the Junior World Championship in 2009 and was later named IRB Junior Player of the Year. He played a season of NPC rugby with Manawatu later that year with his name already mentioned in the same breath as the All Black No.10 jersey.

While his Test shot did not materialise that season he showed strong form in his first Super Rugby season for the Hurricanes, and won an international call-up for June Tests against Ireland and Wales. With the Chiefs' Stephen Donald and Mike Delany out with injuries he was immediately elevated to the status of understudy to Dan Carter, playing all three Tests and scoring his first try against Wales in Hamilton. He started his first Test away to Australia later in 2010 following Carter's decision to undergo ankle surgery.

The fly-half signed for the Chiefs during the summer of 2011 and was included in Graham Henry's training squad for the Tri-Nations. However he lost out to Highlanders playmaker Colin Slade as Carter's understudy. Cruden was similarly left out of New Zealand's original 30-man World Cup squad but when the Kiwi's biggest fear manifested and Carter was ruled out of the tournament with a groin injury, he was called up as an injury replacement.

Cruden was quickly pressed into action as replaced Slade in the quarter-final against Argentina. Cruden impressed against the Pumas and then out-played Australia playmaker Quade Cooper in the semi final. Although his participating in the final was cut short by a knee injury, the All Blacks went on to defeat France to claim the Rugby World Cup for the second time.

In 2012, while Carter continued to be first choice for the All Blacks, Cruden was perfuming admirably for the Chiefs on the Super Rugby scene. He helped guide them to their maiden title in 2012 and continued in the same vein in 2013 when he scored a key try in their semi-final win over the Crusaders.

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Jul 4, 2014
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs breaks the tackle of Dane Coles of the Hurricanes
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs breaks the tackle of Dane Coles of the Hurricanes
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Jun 14, 2014
New Zealand's Aaron Cruden congratulates Ben Smith
New Zealand's Aaron Cruden congratulates Ben Smith
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Jun 7, 2014
Aaron Cruden is tackled by Kyle Eastmond
Aaron Cruden is tackled by Kyle Eastmond
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Jun 5, 2014
New Zealand's Aaron Cruden passes the ball during a training session
New Zealand's Aaron Cruden passes the ball during a training session
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