Crock­ett and Kaino say Farewell to All Blacks

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NEW ZEALAND WILL FAREWELL TWO OF ITS

LONG­EST SERV­ING and most loyal ser­vants, with Wy­att Crock­ett and Jerome Kaino hav­ing con­firmed they won’t be play­ing Su­per Rugby next year.

Crock­ett, who is al­ready the most capped Su­per Rugby player in history, is hop­ing to sign o with an­other ti­tle and a record 200 ap­pear­ances for the Cru­saders.

The highly like­able prop has an­nounced he won’t be avail­able for test se­lec­tion in June, mean­ing he has closed his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer with 71 caps. Crock­ett isn’t re­tir­ing from all rugby through as he plans to turn out for Tas­man in the Mitre 10 Cup this year and next.

Kaino, who is recog­nised as one of the hard­est men to ever play, has signed with Toulouse. At 34, and com­ing o con­tract at the end of this year, he de­cided to shift to France where he can earn some more money. His test fu­ture was un­cer­tain given the ris­ing form of Liam Squire, Vaea Fi­fita and Akira Ioane so, like Crock­ett, Kaino opted to call time on his All Blacks ca­reer on his own terms.

“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,” Crock­ett said.

“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.

“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.”

I IN­TEND ON MAK­ING THE MOST OF MY LAST SEA­SON WITH THE CRU­SADERS...

LOYAL SER­VANTS Both Wy­att Crock­ett and Jerome Kaino have been tremen­dous All Blacks who have achieved a huge amount.

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