Marty McKenzie has been snapped up by the Crusaders and will next season compete to fill the franchise’s vacant No10 jersey.
The first five-eighth, who made seven appearances for the Chiefs in 2015, was tonight confirmed as the latest addition to Todd Blackadder’s ranks as the Crusaders search for a new pivot.
With Dan Carter, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor all heading offshore at the end of the year, the Crusaders have been forced to recruit heavily in a position in which they traditionally have been strong.
Along with McKenzie, fellow youngsters Ben Volavola and Richie Mo’unga will also be bidding for a starting spot, though the former Chiefs man may be the front-runner.
McKenzie grew up in Southland and spent his final two years of secondary school in Christchurch, earning an initial Super Rugby chance with the Blues before leading Taranaki to the 2014 ITM Cup Premiership trophy.