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Milner-Skudder pens new deal with NZ Rugby

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

Nehe Milner-Skudder's dancing feet will be seen for the Hurricanes until the end of 2019 after extending his New Zealand Rugby contract.

The World Cup-winning All Blacks winger says it was an easy decision to extend his existing deal by a further two seasons as he has plenty more goals to achieve.

Milner-Skudder, 26, missed almost the entire 2016 season with a shoulder injury but said watching the Hurricanes claim a maiden Super Rugby title has only made him more motivated.

He joined the Hurricanes in 2014 as a member of the wider training squad before his elusive running exploded onto the top-flight scene in his rookie season a year later.

He shone immediately for the All Blacks, playing eight Tests, with most of them coming during the triumphant World Cup campaign, where he scored six tries.

A return to Test rugby is in his long-term sights.

"Hopefully I can play well enough to be considered for selection again, but as always there is some massive competition there," he said.

"So my whole focus right now is just getting back on the field and trying to put my best foot forward with the Canes."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd wouldn't say if Milner-Skudder will return at wing or fullback.

"Nehe is a very skilful player and gives us a lot of options due to his agility and his vision," Boyd said.

"He could probably play a few other positions without much trouble."

Ten players who have worn the All Blacks jersey have now signed contracts through to the next World Cup in Japan.

Three of them are Hurricanes backs, including Julian Savea and Beauden Barrett.

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