Jack Goodhue

All Black Jack Goodhue says au revoir to NZ rugby

Goodhue, who just won the Super Rugby title with the Crusaders, has signed a two-year contract with French Top 14 club Castres Olympique.

The 28-year-old said he will move to Europe after completing rugby commitments in Aotearoa.

He didn't make the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad, meaning he's unlikely to make the World Cup squad but he was picked for the All Blacks XV squad's upcoming tour to Japan.

"Playing for the Crusaders and the All Blacks has literally been a dream come true for me," Goodhue said.

Goodhue commits to NZ rugby to end of next World Cup

The 25 year old will remain with the Crusaders and Northland during that time.

"It's an awesome opportunity. Of course, I love playing rugby in New Zealand. Love representing my province at home in Northland, playing for the Crusaders and whatever rugby I can for New Zealand. It's awesome," Goodhue said.

The midfielder joins fellow All Blacks Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Scott Barrett, Beauden Barrett and Anton Lienert-Brown in recommitting to the end of the next World Cup in France.

Goodhue fit to face England

Centre Goodhue has recovered from illness and will start alongside Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday, with Ryan Crotty dropping to the bench.

Moody was ruled out due to a split eyelid suffering in training this week and the prop, who has been recommended to have plastic surgery, is set to be sidelined for six weeks.

Karl Tu'inukuafe gets the nod in the absence of Moody, while Steve Hansen has named two playmakers in his starting line-up: Beauden Barrett at fly-half and Damian McKenzie at full-back.