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    <H1>Canterbury, Crusaders pay tribute to Aaron Mauger</H1>
    January 29, 2007
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    Leading Canterbury and Crusaders rugby officials today paid tribute to the contribution All Black Aaron Mauger had made to both organisations, on the announcement of his season-ending move to English club Leicester.

    “The magnitude of his contribution is best summed up by all that he has been part of,” Crusaders and Canterbury chief executive Hamish Riach said.

    “Aaron has been involved in four Super rugby titles and two other finals from his seven seasons thus far as a Crusader. He has also shared in two New Zealand domestic titles with Canterbury, as well as being associated with winning the Ranfurly Shield twice. It is a very impressive legacy.”

    While Mauger leaves with the best wishes of the Canterbury and Crusaders public after this year’s Rugby World Cup, Riach said it was a reflection of the mutual goodwill in the relationship that the 26-year-old was committed to returning to Canterbury and the Crusaders at a later date to see out his career.

    “That intention, unofficial as it may be at this stage, in itself signifies both what Canterbury and the Crusaders mean to Aaron, and how highly we have valued his input over the years.”

    Mauger debuted for Canterbury as an 18-year-old against Counties Manukau in 1999.

    He has since appeared 42 times for the province, and was captain in his most recent outing: last year’s Air New Zealand Cup quarterfinal against Wellington.

    Less than a year after his Canterbury debut, Mauger was a Crusader, taking his Super rugby bow in 2000 against the Chiefs.

    Seven years on, Mauger has 82 Crusaders appearances to his name, having shared in the title wins of 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006, as well as featuring in the 2003 and 2004 finals.

    He made his All Black debut in the same Test match as current Crusaders and All Black skipper Richard McCaw in 2001 against Ireland at Dublin, scoring his first try 54 minutes into his Test career. He subsequently led New Zealandagainst the Barbarians at Twickenham in 2004 and starts 2007 with 38 caps to his name.

    Mauger’s older brother Nathan was also an All Black on the 2001 tour, with the then Linwood club-based brothers following in the footsteps of their uncles, Canterbury All Blacks Stephen and Graeme Bachop, who had previously been the most recent All Black brothers.

    The Mauger boys grew up and played all of their junior rugby in Lyttleton on the other side of the Port Hills from Christchurch.

    Robbie Deans, who first introduced Mauger to both the Canterbury and Crusaders environments as well as being involved on the coaching staff when he first graced the All Blacks, says his impact has been such that he helped to change the expectation of his regular second-five-eighths position.

    “Having Aaron at second-five-eighths gives any team he plays for a second decision maker. He has always effectively played as a second, first-five-eighths, whether he was outside ‘Mehrts’ (Andrew Mehrtens), ‘DC’ (Daniel Carter) or any of the other players he has combined with.

    “What that achieves is to double the decision making threat to any opposing defensive line, while also relieving a fair weight of the decision making pressure off the man inside him.”

    Deans acknowledged Mauger’s dedication to the Canterbury and Crusaders cause over the years, adding that he was sorry to see him depart.

    “Leicester is getting a very special player, and one who still has a lot to offer in his career. Hopefully he will add to all that he has achieved here with the Crusaders in the time before he departs,” Deans said.

    “I know the players, coaching staff and fans at the Leicester Tigers will quickly come to value Aaron as a player as much as we do at the Crusaders and with Canterbury.”

    The Crusaders’ coaches’ comments were echoed by Canterbury c

    [img]smileys/smiley38.gif[/img]What a signing





        That's great news - he's a lovely player to watch - like Regan King ...but withan even smoother engine, plus a littlebit more.

        Pity Suttonians didn't sign him back in 1999/2000 when he was playing with them!
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          Originally posted by Old Dog

          That's great news - he's a lovely player to watch - like Regan King ...but withan even smoother engine, plus a littlebit more.

          Pity Suttonians didn't sign him back in 1999/2000 when he was playing with them!

          I thought that was Doug Howlett, no?



            <h1>Rugby: Mauger confirms post World Cup move to Leicester</h1>
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            Monday January 29, 2007

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            Aaron Mauger

            All Blacks inside back Aaron Mauger has quelled speculation over his
            rugby future by confirming a post World Cup move to English powerhouse

            The 26-year-old veteran of 38 tests effectively spikes
            his New Zealand domestic career after the upcoming Super 14
            competition, although he has indicated a desire to return to Canterbury
            after his two-year deal expires.

            Regarded as one of the All
            Blacks most influential backline players, Mauger made his debut in 2001
            against Ireland in Dublin and at a provincial level experienced four
            Super rugby titles.

            He was also involved in two National
            Provincial Championship titles with Canterbury in 2001 and 2004 and
            played the last of 42 games for the province in last year's Air New
            Zealand Cup quarterfinal loss to Wellington.

            Mauger, who is
            recovering from knee surgery, is part of the All Blacks reconditioning
            programme and will be available to play for the Crusaders in round
            eight against the Stormers, allowing him to extend his tally of 82
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            Considered the perfect foil to pivot Daniel Carter, Mauger
            nevertheless faces a strong challenge from North Harbour's Luke
            McAlister to regain the No 12 jersey at international level this year.
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              Great Signing, surprised he's so young - would have thought he'd be
              looking for the 2011RWC as well. Would have been an excellent foil to
              young Murphy...............



                He would have been a great replacement for Halstead and would have been a fantastic signing for us,

                Why werent we after him???

                I cant believe he is only 26


                  dont tink we could afford the wages. anyway most AB are nearly finished by there late 20's there bodies have such a battering taken at that stage.if he stays fit super signing for dem.


                    He's only 26????



                      Signing an ex all black is always a good move....

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                        The ABs have shown themselves to be fairly ruthless in discarding 'veteran' talent especially in their backline in favour of the younger breed. Suppose he sees 30 as likely to be past the threshold for next RWC. He's done the cute thing though - a two year deal allows him to rake the dosh and if having surveyed the likely competition he feels he has a shot for ABs RWC 2011, he can shoot off home in time to be welcomed back into the fold.

                        Well played that man and his agent.

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                          Savage signing......
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                            Originally posted by sewa

                            Signing an ex all black is always a good move....

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                              An amazing capture by any mans standards. I would guess this spells the end for D.Gibson at the club who is nearing retirement age..? Coincedentally another good signing from Canterbury that Leicester made dispite his injuries.

                              Leicester could be an even bigger force to be reckoned with this season as their midfield has never been the same since Howard hung up his boots. Hipkiss is turning into a class act and Ollie smith has showed great potential without ever really turning it on when it counts and has also been blighted by injuries at key times in his career. Having Mauger inside them will bring both these young guys on even more.

                              It could also be great news from an irish (and being selfish Ulster) perspective. Humph Jr. has shown undoubted potential in his run outs in the GP and HEC this season which is good for all concerned and it seems he might even have leapfrogged the solidly slow and predictable Goode. Having Mauger in training could really be the making of Humph Jr which would be great for irish rugby in general.

                              Bloody fantastic signing.