An intelligent midfielder and natural leader, Crotty earned his first start for the Crusaders in 2009 against the Western Force and scored his first Super Rugby try early in that match.
He took the vice-captaincy role for the Crusaders in 2014 and ended up captaining a number of games while Kieran Read was out with injury. He had a very impressive season, earning him his first start for the All Blacks against the Wallabies, after debuting off the bench against the Wallabies in 2013. He has earned 15 test caps since then and was considered one of the unluckiest players to miss out on the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.
Crotty was selected for the Junior All Blacks in 2009. He was also a member of the successful New Zealand Under-20 team at the Junior World Championship in Wales in 2011 and captained the team against Ireland.
Ryan’s father, Steve played rugby for Nelson Bays and his mother Robyn is a former New Zealand Waterpolo representative.