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Matt Todd rejects Top 14, commits to Crusaders
ESPN Staff
July 12, 2014
All Blacks openside Matt Todd in training, Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, September 10, 2013
Matt Todd doesn't want to head overseas and have regrets of what might have been © Getty Images

Matt Todd has rejected overtures from cashed-up French Top 14 clubs to commit his future to the Crusaders and New Zealand.

"Yeah, there was French interest," Todd told Fairfax Media in New Zealand. "They signed a new [broadcasting] deal, so there is a bit of money. It's a nice country and a nice place to live, I guess ... you weigh up your options - especially because I have got a young family. I love the Crusaders and New Zealand rugby and didn't want to go overseas. I'm happy here."

Todd, 26, has played two Tests for New Zealand, as a replacement against France and South Africa last year, and he still holds aspirations of playing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup even though he sits behind Richie McCaw and Sam Cane in the All Blacks' pecking order. He was added to the All Blacks squad ahead of the recent three-Test series against England, as cover for the injured Cane, but failed to feature in any of the match-day squads.

"Any time you are offered a pay rise you have to consider it, but there's more factors in it - especially at the age I am at now. Perhaps in a few years' time I may think slightly differently but I wouldn't want go overseas and have regrets."

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