Aaron Cruden signs one-season deal to play for Chiefs under Warren Gatland

Former All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden is returning to the Chiefs after signing a one-season Super Rugby deal to play under coach Warren Gatland but a Test comeback appears unlikely.

Cruden, 30, has signed for the 2020 season, a window that falls between contracts with French club Montpellier and Japanese outfit Kobe Kobelco Steelers.

Homecoming: Aaron Cruden is returning to the Chiefs for a one-season cameo.Credit:AP

While a season of Super Rugby would make Cruden eligible to add to his 50 Tests for New Zealand, his subsequent Japanese contract appears set to discount any prospect of an international return.

Playing his third season for Montpellier, Cruden was excited by the prospect of a return to the team at which he was a central part of twin titles in 2012 and 2013 before his departure in 2017.


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