Goodhue working for the Crusaders' cause

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Goodhue, 22, in his first season of Super Rugby made the most of his chances which wasn't surprising after injury frustrations he suffered from the earliest stages of his first-class career.


A product of Northland, who attended secondary school at Mt Albert Grammar, Goodhue moved to Christchurch to study agriculture at Lincoln University. He made his debut for Canterbury in the national championship in 2014, winning selection in two All Blacks Sevens squads in 2015.

But an injury early in the 2015 national championship damaged his ACL and MCL so badly that he lost almost a year of play.

However, he was able to be part of the Canterbury team's winning 2016 campaign and that saw him contracted to the Crusaders.

While he might not have expected to get as much game time as he did, injuries to others provided his opportunities and so well did he take them that he was called into the All Blacks squad during the British & Irish Lions series before making the end of year tour.

Ahead of Saturday's opening game against the Chiefs in Christchurch, Goodhue said he had been trying not to think too much about his time with the All Blacks last year. He was looking to manage his expectations while backing up his first season last year by playing his own game.
At the same time he said the experiences with the British & Irish Lions tour and the end of year tour with the All Blacks had been intense but they had helped him grow.

"It's a pressure cooker environment, quite consuming and you learn to switch off when I can but there's plenty to learn and I really enjoy getting along with Ian Foster and just thinking about the game in a new way. He looks at the game like a game of chess and how you can out-think your opponent," he said.

A lot of the Crusaders effort would come down to attitude as defending champions. The players were keen to get into the first game. The season always seemed to come around quickly but they were keen for it, they were ready and everyone was fit.

Goodhue said he would have no issue if he was required to move into second five-eighths if Ryan Crotty was played at centre outside him.

There were a lot of similarities between the two positions and you could adjust set play moves off scrums and lineouts, he said.