Cruden in Fiji, June 2019
|Full name||Aaron Wiremu Cruden|
|Date of birth||8 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)|
|School||Palmerston North Boys' High School|
|Rugby union career|
Aaron Wiremu Cruden (born 8 January 1989) is a New Zealand rugby union player, who plays for Chiefs and formerly Montpellier, Manawatu and New Zealand internationally. Cruden's usual position is first five-eighth (fly half).
Cruden of M?ori descent was born in Palmerston North and attended Palmerston North Boys' High School. He captained the 2006 Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV which included the likes of Hadleigh Parkes, Kurt Baker and Andre Taylor.
In 2008 Cruden attended the High Performance Player's Course at the International Rugby Academy NZ (IRANZ). Cruden's Positional Coach was former All Black Grant Fox and Course Facilitator former All Black Jeff Wilson.
Cruden made his provincial debut for Manawatu Turbos in 2008.
He captained New Zealand to the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship title in 2009 in Japan, as well as being named IRB Junior Player of the Year 2009.
Cruden made his Hurricanes debut on 29 January 2010 against the Brumbies in Porirua. On 20 February 2010, Cruden scored his first Super Rugby points, when he converted a try in the Hurricanes' 47-22 win over Western Force at the Westpac Stadium. On 24 April 2010, Cruden scored his first try for the Hurricanes in the 33-31 success against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
On 14 July 2011, it was confirmed that Cruden had signed to the Chiefs for the 2012 season. Cruden said that it was his relationship with new Chiefs coach Dave Rennie that swayed his decision to leave the Hurricanes and set up base in Hamilton for 2012.
Cruden made his debut for the Chiefs in Week 1 of the 2012 season, in a 23-19 loss to the Highlanders. As of 16 April 2012, Cruden had scored 95 points in seven Super Rugby appearances and his performances praised by Chiefs coach Rennie.
On 4 August 2012, Cruden kicked 4 conversions and 3 penalties in the Chiefs' 37-6 victory over Sharks in the 2012 Super Rugby season Final leading to his team becoming the 2012 Super Rugby season champions.
In his 2020 returned to the Chiefs, playing an instrumental role in a comeback victory over the Blues at Eden Park. Trailing 5-19 at halftime, Cruden was instrumental in a stunning comeback, that saw the Chiefs win 37-29. Cruden kicked 3 second half conversions, a penalty and a drop goal with 5 minutes remaining, to seal the victory.
In 2010 Cruden made his debut for the All Blacks in a test match against Ireland.
On 30 May 2010, Cruden had been named as one of four new caps in the All Blacks squad to play test matches against Ireland and Wales. On 12 June 2010, Cruden made his All Blacks debut in the 66-28 victory over Ireland in New Plymouth, replacing Dan Carter in the 53rd minute. Cruden made his second appearance in an All Blacks jersey on 19 June 2010, when again he replaced Dan Carter, in the 42-9 victory over Wales, in the last ever match at Carisbrook in Dunedin. He scored his first try for the All Blacks on 26 June 2010 in a 29-10 victory over Wales in Hamilton.
On 2 October 2011, during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, it was announced Cruden had been called up as a replacement in the All Blacks squad for Dan Carter, after the New Zealand starting fly-half injured his groin during training. On 9 October 2011, Cruden replaced Colin Slade in the first half of the All Blacks' 33-10 World Cup Quarter Final victory over Argentina, at Eden Park, and contributed a conversion to the score. On 9 October 2011, Cruden again replaced Colin Slade, now as starting fly-half, due to a groin injury received by Slade during the World Cup Quarter Final with Argentina. Cruden started the match at First Five-Eighth against Australia on 16 October 2011, in the World Cup Semi Final at Eden Park, scoring a drop goal in the 20-6 victory for the All Blacks. On 23 October 2011, Cruden started for the All Blacks in the World Cup Final at Eden Park, but left the field in the 34th minute with a knee injury, believed to be hyperextension. The All Blacks went on to win the game against France 8-7 and Cruden picked up his World Cup winners' medal.
Cruden won his twelfth cap for the All Blacks in the final test against Ireland in Hamilton on 23 June 2012 replacing the injured Dan Carter in the starting line-up. Cruden set up two tries for Sonny Bill Williams and had a hand in a third and kicked two conversions before limping off during the first half of the 60-0 All Blacks victory.
On 8 September 2012, Cruden started in the 2012 Rugby Championship Test against Argentina. The match was played in atrocious conditions at The Caketin in Wellington. Cruden kicked three penalties and one conversion in the All Blacks' 21-5 victory.
Cruden returned to Super Rugby as captain of the Chiefs and was re-selected for New Zealand in 2016, having missed the 2015 season due to injury. Cruden was initially used as the starting fly-half, but continued to struggle with injury. This meant that Beauden Barrett- who was consistently playing better and better was able to supplant Cruden.
Cruden came off the bench in all three tests against the British and Irish Lions in the 2017 series, playing his 50th and final test for New Zealand in the drawn 15-15 series decider against the Lions.
Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Con = Conversions, Pen = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points Scored
Correct as of 24 June 2014