Over the course of the last few months, speculation surrounding the future of Aaron Cruden has slowly increased.
Although he was at one time seen as Dan Carter’s most likely successor, the rise of Beauden Barrett has forced the brilliantly talented Cruden to watch on from the bench.
Consequently the 27 year-old fly half can be forgiven for having his head turned by massive contract offers from northern hemisphere clubs.
Indeed, as Cruden is coming into the peak of his career, the 47 times capped All Black has a decision to make regarding his future. Does he decide to remain in New Zealand are hope to prise the number 10 jersey off Barrett or move to Europe and accept what would be a massive pay packet?
However it looks as though Cruden may have made his decision, after French rugby site Rugby365 reported that the All Black has signed a deal with Montpellier worth €800,000 per year.
Although they didn’t give any further specifics, Rugby365 did say that a formal announcement would be made before the end of the year.
This week on the Oval Office Podcast, we speak with Section Paloise number eight Paddy Butler, and hold an in depth conversation with Geraint Powell about what the future holds for regional rugby in Wales.
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