Tim Bateman has returned to New Zealand and the BNZ Crusaders after a number of seasons overseas, and his outstanding form during the 2017 Super and provincial seasons have shown he has plenty to offer New Zealand rugby yet.
Bateman grew up in Christchurch and was Head Boy at Christchurch Boy's High School. He made the Canterbury provincial team for the first time in 2006 and joined the Crusaders in 2007.
He left the Crusaders and Canterbury in 2010 to play in Japan, then returned for three seasons with the Hurricanes and Wellington rugby before again heading to Japan in 2014 when his wife required treatment for multiple sclerosis. In 2017 he made the move back home to Christchurch and played seven games for the BNZ Crusaders as the team marched towards the Super Rugby title.
He has represented New Zealand at Under 19 and Under 21 level, and played for the Maori All Blacks in 2008 and 2012. He will represent them again in 2017.
Bateman has an uncanny ability to find gaps and brings valuable leadership and experience to the squad.