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  • dailywaffle
    started a topic Leicester Tigers Sign Aaron Mauger

    Leicester Tigers Sign Aaron Mauger

    <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

  • Red Hand Hero
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    Think we could see a lot of the AB's pulling a similar move.


    Backs like Howlett, Gere, Mauger, Rockococko, McAllister


    Forwards like Hayman, Oliver, Sommerville, Jack, Thorne, Hollah etc are coming to a stage in their careers where they could go for a two year stint abroad and still make it back in time for another (ok Oliver won't see another RWC).


    For the provinces:


    Munster could make use of Howlett, surely they won't extend Cullens contract, thus a big money one is up for grabs?


    Leinster could make use of Oliver as he'd tighten up the pack and with the potential signing of Bracken they'd finally have a pack to mix it with the best of them.


    Ulster-Hayman...couldn't afford a tighthead of his quality as he could lift over a quart of a million probably in france but i'm sure picking someone up still relatively in their pomp wouldn't go a miss.

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  • i_lik&#101;_cake
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    Amazing signing....... Will probably be able to return and perform for the all-blacks in the next world cup aswell..... smart move...

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  • gelly
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    damn

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  • Valencia
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    [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]Never happens to us! Well it did. but then it didn't

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  • munsterforever
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    they will need him their best players are leaving at the end of the season

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  • dailywaffle
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    Originally posted by Cher Khan
    Originally posted by Red Hand Hero


    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..?


    Bloody fantastic signing.


    Talk is of Gibson staying on in a coaching capacity?


    Mauger reportedly being on £250K.


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    Gibbo wanted, apparently, a 1-year extension. Not sure if he will get it, although the fans would certainly like to see him stay on as a coach. I guess that depends on who Howard's successor is (rumour has it that has been decided, but no announcement until next month).


    I too have heard £250K mentioned, I presumed it was based on the new cap (which Leicester have been instrumental in negotiating).





    As a P.S., we have also signed former England Under-21 international prop Boris Stankovich from Albi in France.

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  • Cher Khan
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    Originally posted by Red Hand Hero


    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..?


    Bloody fantastic signing.


    Talk is of Gibson staying on in a coaching capacity?


    Mauger reportedly being on £250K.


    Is this before or after the new salary cap?[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]

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  • blackadder
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    Share the sentiment on both counts, great signing and he's only bloody 26!!!!!


    I quickly scanned through the report to see what age he was looking out for 30 or 31 and came across 26 and was flabbergasted. Now i know how the Welsh fans feel when they are trying to guess the age of Irish players!!!

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  • Blindsider.
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    Bloody hell - the Tigers must be over the moon!!!

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  • Red Hand Hero
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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.

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  • Paddie
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    Originally posted by sewa


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


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  • LLCOOLJ14
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    Savage signing......

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  • Red October
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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.


    Blix. [img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]

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


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