Todd turns down France & commits to Crusaders

Crusaders flanker Matt Todd has confirmed that he has turned down an opportunity to play in France and is staying in Christchurch.

Todd has won two All Black caps and could have won a lot more for the New Zealand national side but as with the Crusaders his path is often blocked by Richie McCaw.

Despite the McCaw obstacle Todd has chosen to stay in New Zealand and play Super Rugby for the Crusaders.

“Yeah, there was French interest,” Todd told The Press.

“They signed a new [broadcasting] deal, so there is a bit of money. It’s a nice country and a nice place to live, I guess … “

“You weigh up your options – especially because I have got a young family. I love the Crusaders and New Zealand rugby and didn’t want to go overseas. I’m happy here.”

Todd said that he was conscious that a move overseas would rule out any chance he has of making the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad next year.

In 2011 the All Blacks used Adam Thomson and Victor Vito as back up and Todd was called up to train with the squad but did not officially join them.

Twenty-six-year-old Todd says that there is no need to rush to cash in and take a big paying contract in Europe.

“It’s like any job. Any time you are offered a pay rise you have to consider it but there’s more factors in it – especially at the age I am at now. “

“Perhaps in a few years’ time I may think slightly differently but I wouldn’t want go overseas and have regrets.”

While Todd would not say it directly he must be fully aware that McCaw is ageing and becoming more brittle and there is always the possibility that the New Zealand captain might not make the Rugby World Cup.

Right now though Todd says that he is focused on the Crusaders title bid after losing a final and two semis.

“It’s about taking your chances. You look at the games where we have gone well, we have had chances and nailed them. “

“And it’s the age-old saying – championships are built on defence and we are continually looking to build on that.”

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