Hayden Cripps signs with Tasman
11 May 2012
Sourced from stuff.co.nz (Rugby Heaven) 11 May 2012
The Tasman Rugby Union has signed former Wellington Lions first five-eighth Hayden Cripps on a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old ex-Petone club player moved to Blenheim earlier this season to take up his new role as Marlborough Rugby Sub-Union junior development officer, his move to Tasman sealed by a phone call from Tasman Makos assistant coach Leon MacDonald following similar interest from North Harbour.
The former Wellington College playmaker made his Wellington debut under then-coach Jamie Joseph in 2010, playing three games, and came on as a substitute in Wellington's season-opening 20-11 win over Tasman at Westpac Stadium.
Cripps has been one of the stars of the Marlborough club scene this season as part of a talented Harlequins backline after his 2011 season was largely wrecked due to a serious groin injury.
Now fully fit, Cripps' mixed bag of skills include an eye for the gap, although it's his distribution and kicking skills that are a hallmark of his game, including left-foot goal-kicking.
Having played for Wellington and the Hurricanes development team, Cripps has his heart set on playing Super rugby, a goal endorsed by Tasman's chief executive Andrew Flexman.
"We are thrilled to have a player of Hayden's calibre locked in for two years," said Flexman.
"He has made a massive impact in [Marlborough] club rugby to date.
"We see him as a potential Super Rugby player in the next few years."
All at Petone will be watching your progress with interest (and Petone Pride) Hayden. All the very best from us here in the Village.
Kia Kaha Kia Maia