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Cruden cleared for All Blacks bench spot

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017
Aaron Cruden at training with the All Blacks © Getty Images Aaron Cruden at training with the All Blacks

Aaron Cruden has passed a fitness Test and confirmed his place on the All Blacks reserve bench for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions.

The 28-year-old has overcome knee ligament injury picked up while playing for the Chiefs earlier this month which ruled him out of last week's defeat of Samoa. It forced coach Steve Hansen to initially bracket him on the bench with Lima Sopoaga.

Cruden, with 48 caps to his name, is a chance to play a half-century of Tests before taking his career to French club Montpellier later in the year.

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