Aaron showed real maturity and leadership on and off the field in 2016, and was instrumental in his role as co-captain. His consistent performances earned him the accolade of Coach's Player of the Year. - The Chiefs
Aaron Cruden enters 2017 off the back of an impressive campaign in 2016 coming back from a season ending injury in 2015. Aaron's consistent performances earn him Coach's Player of the Year at the 2016 Chiefs Awards.
Calm under pressure, the first five-eighth has already earned two Super Rugby titles and was part of the 2011 All Blacks Rugby World Cup victory. He has won the chiefs Player of the Year three times and the 2011 ITM Cup Player of the Year. He captained the 2009 New Zealand U20 side to a World title and was won the 209 Junior IRB Player of the Year.
Full birth date and place of birth
8.01.1989 in Palmerston North
What representative teams have you been a part of (including high-school 1st fifteen)?
PNBHS 1st XV, NZ U20s, Manawatu Turbos, Hurricanes, Gallagher Chiefs, All Blacks
What primary school(s) did you go to?
Central Normal Primary
What high school(s) did you go to?
Palmerston North Boys High School
Favourite subject at school?
PE and Journalism
How many siblings do you have?
Any trades or university qualifications?
Who was your favourite player growing up?
Jeff Wilson, Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen
Who is your favourite non-rugby sportsperson or sports team?
Favourite band or musician?
Fleetwood Mac or Michael Jackson
What do you eat for breakfast on game day?
Muesli with fresh fruit and yogurt
Fantasy dinner party: Who would be your top three dinner guests (dead or alive)?
What do you do for fun away from rugby?
Spend time with friends and family at the beach
Best holiday destination?
What would you eat for your last ever meal?
An interesting fact about you?
I broke my arm when I was young trying to jump from a fence onto our pet lamb.
What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
Always be kind, always be gracious.
What does representing the Gallagher Chiefs mean to you?
An exciting opportunity to test ourselves and develop/grow as players/people #CHIEFSMANA