All Black star announces retirement

Publish Date
Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 9:43AM
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All Blacks and Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett has announced his retirement from international rugby.

The 35-year-old, who made his professional debut in 2006, says this year will be his last season of Super Rugby with the Crusaders.

Crockett has played 71 tests for the All Blacks, having only suffered three defeats in the black jersey, with a winning percentage of 94.36 percent (the third most of all-time).

Crockett made the announcement on social media this morning.

"It is never an easy thing to know when the time is right, but my family have made a number of sacrifices over the past 13 years which have allowed me to live out my dream. Now it's time for me to give back to them, simply by being there more than I have been able to as a professional rugby player," Crockett said.

"To all of the coaches, management, supporters and of course, my team mates over the years, thank you for your belief, support and friendship throughout my international and Super Rugby career.

"I intend on making the most of my last season with the Crusaders, enjoying every minute of it and giving this team everything I've got."

Despite finishing his international and Super Rugby career, Crockett will still be playing rugby in New Zealand - he has signed a two-year deal to play for the Tasman Mako in the Mitre 10 Cup.

Crockett shared an open letter on rugbypass.com, after announcing his retirement.

"It is never an easy thing to know when the time is right. Since 2009 I have worn the All Blacks jersey with immense pride and gratitude, but for much longer than that I had dreamed of one day having that chance. Late last year, in consultation with my wife and family, we decided to start a new chapter of our lives, one that allows us to spend more time together.

- NZ Herald