Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Tuesday Mar 3, 2015

Rene Ranger set to return to New Zealand and the Blues

Rene Ranger set to return to New Zealand and the Blues

The wrecking ball Rene Ranger is all set to return to New Zealand rugby later this year after he was granted an early release from his contract at Montpellier. He has played in France for two seasons, but wants to return home to spend more time with his family.

The explosive Ranger will return to the Blues and Super Rugby in 2016, but will be available for North Harbour in the ITM Cup this year. The dynamic 28-year-old back has scored 25 tries in 65 Super Rugby appearances for the Blues. He has also been capped six times by the All Blacks, an indication of the kind of talent they’ve had in the backs in recent years.

For Montpellier he’s scored six tries in 15 Top 14 matches, but feels it’s not time to return to New Zealand, with family being the primary reason for the early release request.

“Family comes first and that is the big motivator to return. I want to be able to help my Mum more,” Ranger said, and added that chosing the Blues as a destination was an easy decision to make.

“I started my Super career with them and they have always been close to me. JK (Blues coach Sir John Kirwan) has always backed me and motivated me to be my best,” he said.

He was excited about the prospect of returning to a team he believed was on the improve.

“They are a quality side, but execution is letting them down so far. Hopefully I can play a positive role because backs get excited with the sort of front-foot ball the Blues are getting.

“I will come home a better rugby player. I am mentally stronger and I’ve learned a lot that I can bring back into the Blues environment.”

Kirwan said Ranger’s return would bolster the team with star-quality on the field and a fan-favourite off it. “Rene made his mark on the game in this country as a remarkable attacking player, always able to break tackles, often when there was nothing on.

“His experience in Europe will have helped further round his skills and add to his experience. With the likes of Charles Piutau, it will give us a potent attacking unit,” Kirwan said.

North Harbour gains Ranger

Ranger will return to New Zealand after his commitments in Europe, and will join North Harbour for the ITM Cup. While Ranger said he remained a Northlander at heart, the key to his decision was the desire for his family to be based in one place.

“Last time I travelled from Northland and lived on my own. Our family wants to be together in one place and from that point, I have decided to play for North Harbour.

“They are a young team trying to build and that is something new and challenging for me.”

Ranger will return midyear to ready himself for the ITM Cup with North Harbour.

Ranger has been a favourite here on RD for some time now. View some of his finer moments in the Related Posts below this post, featuring some huge hits, charges, naughty moments and a funny celebration. Directly below, view a video featuring some of his highlights while with Montpellier.

credit: weskimaster

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 72 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 103 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The Victor Vito offload fans have been raving about in Champions Cup quarter-final

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    MUST WATCH: Awesome compilation of the best tries ever scored at the Millennium Stadium

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Awesome compilation showcases the GREATEST tries ever scored at Twickenham

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Tackle deemed to be at the top end of the scale as winger receives heavy ban

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Rob Kearney's legendary performance vs Springboks on 2009 Lions tour

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

View All

Funnies

  • 18 HOURS AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bizarre standoff in Super Rugby tests players on their rulebook knowledge

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Flanker has HOWLER in Super Rugby Aotearoa after butchering awesome solo try

View All

Amateur

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 60 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Rene Ranger set to return to New Zealand and the Blues | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos