Rene Ranger will return to New Zealand and play ITM Cup rugby prior to his second coming in Super Rugby next year.
Ranger was given an early release from his contract with French club Montpellier after spending two years in the French Top 14.
The 65-Blues capped attacking back cited the move back to New Zealand for family reasons.
“Family comes first and that is the big motivator to return. I want to help my Mum more”, Ranger said.
Ranger will make his return to New Zealand Rugby in this years ITM Cup with North Harbour, a major signing for the province.
Ranger says he is excited to join the team he describes as a young team trying to build.
Ranger’s return to Super Rugby will be a major bolster to the Blues next season.
The Blues have gone winless from their opening three rounds of Super Rugby, including two loses over in South Africa against the Stormers and Cheetahs.