All Blacks drop Cruden after boozy night out

The All Blacks have dropped and suspended playmaker Aaron Cruden for two Rugby
Championship matches after he went out drinking and missed the team’s flight
to Argentina.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that Cruden will miss New Zealand’s
matches against Argentina and South Africa.

Hansen said that Cruden has been out drinking in Auckland on Saturday evening
and missed the team’s plane to Argentina where they will play the Pumas in La
Plata.

Twenty-five-year-old Cruden has been the All Blacks first choice No.10 whilst
Dan Carter has been out injured and Beauden Barrett is expected to step up in
his place.

“As a consequence of his actions, he has been left at home,” Hansen
said on the All Blacks Twitter account.

“We are extremely disappointed at Aaron’s actions which are out of character.
He is embarrassed at his actions.”

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said that he was “gutted”
following Cruden’s behaviour.

“An incident like this with Aaron is very out of character but we have
treated it on its merits,” said Tew.

“There’s a very high threshold of expectation within this team.”

Whilst Barrett is expected to start at 10 against Argentina this week the All
Blacks have called up Crusaders pivot Tom Taylor as cover.

Cruden will be available for selection again for the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup
match against Australia in Brisbane on October the 18th.

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