Prop Joe Moody agrees new All Blacks contract

Prop Joe Moody has re-signed with the All Blacks and Canterbury Crusaders until 2022.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said retaining Moody was “fantastic news” for the world champions, describing the 30-year-old as one of the best looseheads in the game.

Moody has 36 Test caps and was a part of New Zealand’s 2015 World Cup triumph.

Hansen said: “He’s worked incredibly hard on his game over the years and has taken his opportunities when they have come.”

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And Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is thrilled the powerful scrummager is staying with the defending Super Rugby champions.

Robertson said: “Joe is as good as it gets in world rugby.

“He’s a beast of a front-rower and a world-class athlete in his position.”

Moody missed the start of this year’s international season with a broken thumb, but has rejoined the All Blacks for their end-of-year tour, which begins when they play Australia in Japan this weekend.

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