Rugby union - All Black Cruden signs for Montpellier

Aaron Cruden (AFP Photo/MICHAEL BRADLEY)

- World Cup-winning New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden said Wednesday he had signed a three-year contract with French club Montpellier, ending months of speculation about his future. The deal begins in August this year, meaning he will still be eligible for the All Blacks against the touring British and Irish Lions. "It's with great sadness but also excitement that (I confirm) this will be my last year playing rugby here in New Zealand," Cruden said in a video statement released by his Super Rugby team the Waikato Chiefs. The 28-year-old, who has fallen behind Beauden Barrett in the All Blacks' pecking order, said moving to Montpellier -- where he will be coached by fellow Kiwi Vern Cotter -- represented a "fantastic challenge".