Aaron Cruden has confirmed he's staying.
He admits he never considered leaving NZ and says it was his desire to be a part of the All Blacks for next year's World Cup in England and the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017 that made his decision easier.
Cruden also confirms he didn't feel the need to negotiate a sabbatical option and wanted to focus on his re-commitment to the Chiefs and Manawatu teams.
Cruden says he's looking forward to the challenge ahead of the All Blacks this week against a determined England side.
If the All Blacks can get another win, they'll look to make a record bid of 17 successive wins.