Fresh from helping Canterbury to the ITM Cup Premiership title, Richie Mo'unga has been named in the BNZ Crusaders full squad for the first time in 2016, having been a Wider Training Group member in 2015.
Mo'unga debuted for Canterbury during the 2013 ITM Cup season when he was brought in as injury and All Black cover and impressed with a 27 point haul (1 try, 8 conversions, 2 penalties) and man of the match honours in his first game.
It has been a rapid rise for the young back - Mo'unga went from three years in the St Andrew's College first XV directly into senior club rugby for Linwood RFC, and later that same year he was debuting in the ITM Cup. Mo'unga was also selected for the NZ Under 20 squad this year for the IRB Junior World Championship in 2014.
While first five-eighth is his usual position, Mo'unga has the versatility to also play at fullback.