The midfield back, who also has 38 appearances for Canterbury under his belt, had been playing for the Coca-Cola West Red Sparks in the Top League since 2010 before returning to New Zealand to the Hurricanes.
Bateman, a former Head Boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School, spent two years in the New Zealand U19 side in 2005 and 2006 and one year in the New Zealand Colts when that side lost 13-16 to Canada in Rotorua. He announced his debut for Canterbury in 2006 by scoring a hat trick in an 80-15 Ranfurly defence against South Canterbury and scored six tries overall in six appearances in his rookie season.
A swift attacking midfielder, he made his Super Rugby debut in 2007 - making three appearances in his rookie season, before playing for them another 32 times between 2008-2010. Bateman made his New Zealand Maori debut at the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup.
Bateman's career has seen him play for the Crusaders, Red Sparks (Japan) and most recently the Hurricanes.
Bateman returned to the Crusaders in 2015 and ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby he was named in the Crusader Super Rugby squad.
Bateman has made 72 Super Rugby appearances scoring 6 tries. Bateman made 7 appearances for the Crusaders in 2017 (1 vs The British and Irish Lions) and scored 3 tries.
In October Bateman signed a contract extension with the Crusaders after some stellar performance with the Crusaders as well in the Mitre 10 Cup, with Canterbury.
He was also named in the Maori All Blacks squad for their matches against Canada and the French Barbarians.
In May Bateman signed a deal that would see him join Ricoh Black Rams at the end of the 2018/19 season.
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