Five more current All Blacks have committed to continue playing their rugby in New Zealand after 2011, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) announced.
The five players Owen Franks, Richard Kahui, Isaia Toeava, Zac Guildford and Andy Ellis add to the long list of current and recent All Blacks who are staying in New Zealand beyond World Cup.
23-Test All Blacks prop Owen Franks has extended his contract with the NZRU and Super Rugby franchise, the Crusaders for three years, ensuring his world-class front row skills are secured through to the end of 2014. The younger brother of fellow All Blacks prop Ben, Owen made his All Blacks debut in 2009.
Meanwhile his Crusaders and All Blacks teammates, scrumhalf Andy Ellis and wing Zac Guildford, have both re-signed with the NZRU and the Crusaders for two years through to 2013.
All Blacks centre Richard Kahui has also re-signed for a further two years with New Zealand and the Chiefs franchise, while Blues and All Blacks utility back Isaia Toeava has extended his New Zealand and Blues contract through to the end of 2012.
The five join an impressive, growing group of current and recent All Blacks who have re-committed to New Zealand rugby after this year's World Cup, including captain Richie McCaw and playmaker Daniel Carter, hookers Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Corey Flynn and Hikawera Elliot, the All Blacks most capped prop Tony Woodcock and fellow props Ben Franks and Wyatt Crockett, locks Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Tom Donnelly, Jarrad Hoeata and Samuel Whitelock, loose forwards Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read, Daniel Braid, Liam Messam, Adam Thomson and Victor Vito, and backs Jimmy Cowan, Piri Weepu, Alby Mathewson, Colin Slade, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Rene Ranger and Aaron Cruden.
23-year-old Owen Franks, who has made 41 appearances for the Crusaders, said: "This is where I want to be. It's been an exceptional and challenging year for the Crusaders but it is important to me that I continue my rugby with the franchise and for the All Blacks."
The 25-year-old Toeava, who played his 31st Test against South Africa, said: "Playing for the Blues and the All Blacks is pretty special to me. We had a good season this year with the Blues but injury kept me out for a lot of it so I feel like I've got some unfinished business to take care of there and I'm still keen to play for the All Blacks."
NZRU CEO Steve Tew welcomed the latest re-signings as "fantastic" news for New Zealand rugby and for the All Blacks beyond this year.
"We always knew that it was critical to retain as many All Blacks as possible post the World Cup 2011 to ensure continuity for both the franchises and the national team," he said.
"It's encouraging to see that the All Blacks jersey means so much to our top echelon of players. We have worked very hard to achieve this result and it’s incredibly pleasing to have all of these form players on board next year."
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said: "We're stoked that Owen, Andy and Zac have all committed to continue their rugby with the Crusaders. Tenacity and leadership have been crucial traits for the Crusaders in what has been a challenging year for everyone in Canterbury. Retaining these guys gives us a great boost as we look toward our 2012 campaign both on and off the field."
Blues coach Pat Lam said: "Isaia is a dynamic player who just keeps on getting better. He is a strong voice in our backline and his impact is massive. It's no secret Ice was sought after offshore and I'm thrilled he wants to stay with the Blues."
Kahui, 26, thrived on regular match play with the Chiefs in this year's Super Rugby after a bad run of injuries.
Chiefs CEO Gary Dawson said: "We're thrilled Richard has re-signed. He's a world class player who has demonstrated tremendous commitment and loyalty to New Zealand rugby and the Chiefs."
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