Witt forgoes All Black dream and signs for Crusaders

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Otago have announced that Michael Witt is leaving them to join Crusaders in Super League after nine months in rugby union.

The former New Zealand Warriors half-back claimed to be trying for an All Blacks cap when he switched codes last year, but has started only one match.

Cooper Cronk is out of Melbourne's plans for the World Club Challenge against Leeds in February because he needs a groin operation.

The former Wigan coach Graham Lowe, who has just been appointed chief executive of Manly, has had tests in hospital after collapsing at an airport.