Crusaders move for Blues scrum-half

The Crusaders have secured the services of half-back Bryn Hall from the Blues for the 2017 season.

Hall was the captain for North Harbour in the most recent NPC. His move to the Crusaders will help to fill the gap left by Andy Ellis' decision to retire at the end of this season.

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder said it was the experience and leadership that Hall offers, which make him an ideal replacement for Ellis.

"With Andy's departure there is no doubt that we lose a significant amount of leadership and maturity but Bryn is the ideal person to fill that gap, both on the field and off it," he explained.

"We have two very talented half-backs in Mitchell Drummond and Leon Fukofuka, and Bryn will bring his own set of impressive skills to contribute to and compliment the group. We can see him being a great fit in our environment."

Hall's experience includes four Super Rugby seasons, 38 provincial caps, and captaining the Junior All Blacks in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship. 

Hall said he was grateful for his time at the Blues but excited about the upcoming opportunity: "I will obviously be sad to leave the Blues where my Super Rugby career kicked off, however I am thrilled to have been offered this opportunity to join the Crusaders and continue progressing my playing career there."