Crusaders 2018



  • Was hoping Hall would return to the Blues, but he has wisely stayed away.



  • @tim that was a very big big hope. Tim I think retaining players maybe a big problem let alone recruiting for the Blues until the coach does the right thing and resigns



  • @chris Yep. Absolutely agree on all that, which is pretty sad.



  • @tim it is mate for a once very proud strong franchise and union
    Why the board has not promoted coaches from the once great playing base from within Auckland like the Crusaders do I don’t understand



  • Nah it's best for both parties that Bryn stays at the Crusaders. He was terrible at the Blues and his style of play is far more suited to the Crusaders. It shows how good the Crusaders are that they can make average players like Bryn, Bedwell-Curtis etc. look like world beaters.



  • So the second re-signing of the week isn't a player!

    Ronan O’Gara re-signs as BNZ Crusaders’ Backs Coach for 2019

    BNZ Crusaders’ Backs Coach Ronan O’Gara will remain in New Zealand post the 2018 Investec Super Rugby campaign, having extended his contract with the club through to the end of the 2019 season.
    
    The former Ireland international, who joined the Crusaders’ coaching group at the start of 2018, was previously an assistant coach for French Top 14 team - Racing 92 - before making the move to New Zealand.
    
    BNZ Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said the club is excited to have secured O’Gara’s coaching expertise for another season: “Ronan has proved a fantastic fit with our existing coaching group and we are thrilled he has made the decision to remain in Christchurch. 
     
    “We know it was a big decision moving to the other side of the world with his young family, but his vast experience and coaching nous has been invaluable this season and we are delighted to have continuity in our coaching group leading in to 2019 campaign,” Riach said.
    
    BNZ Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson said O’Gara’s contribution has been immense: “Ronan’s coaching style has been hugely valuable to us in just his first season with the club. He has quickly formed great relationships with our playing group, and has effective means of passing on his knowledge which really resonates with the team.
     
    “We hoped at the start of the season that Ronan would provide us with a new perspective in 2018, and he has done exactly that. He brings fresh eyes and knowledge to the coaching group and we are certainly seeing the benefits of his extensive skillset and experience. We’re pleased that Ronan and his family are settled in Christchurch and he’ll continue his important contribution in 2019,” Robertson said.
    
    O’Gara said he is enjoying his first season of Super Rugby and looking forward to another year with the Christchurch-based club: “I’m delighted to be extending my contract for another season. I have always been an admirer of rugby in New Zealand and to get the opportunity to work with a club like the Crusaders is a fantastic experience.
    
    "Besides being a great bunch of guys to work with, the professionalism of everyone associated with the club is incredible. It’s no wonder this part of the world has the success they do. I’m delighted my wife and family have come on this journey with me and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone again next season,” O'Gara said.
    
    Ronan O’Gara played as first five-eighth for Ireland from 2000 – 2013. He holds the record for the most points scored for Ireland and holds the fourth highest total points haul in the world, with 16 tries, 176 conversions, 202 penalties and 15 drop goals for his national team. He is also the sixth most capped international player in the world, and as well as his 128 games for Ireland, he has played for the British and Irish Lions in their 2001, 2005 and 2009 tours. He has also captained Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.
    


  • @stargazer yeah sneaky that



  • @stargazer said in Crusaders 2018:

    So the second re-signing of the week isn't a player!

    Ronan O’Gara re-signs as BNZ Crusaders’ Backs Coach for 2019

    BNZ Crusaders’ Backs Coach Ronan O’Gara will remain in New Zealand post the 2018 Investec Super Rugby campaign, having extended his contract with the club through to the end of the 2019 season.
    
    The former Ireland international, who joined the Crusaders’ coaching group at the start of 2018, was previously an assistant coach for French Top 14 team - Racing 92 - before making the move to New Zealand.
    
    BNZ Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said the club is excited to have secured O’Gara’s coaching expertise for another season: “Ronan has proved a fantastic fit with our existing coaching group and we are thrilled he has made the decision to remain in Christchurch. 
     
    “We know it was a big decision moving to the other side of the world with his young family, but his vast experience and coaching nous has been invaluable this season and we are delighted to have continuity in our coaching group leading in to 2019 campaign,” Riach said.
    
    BNZ Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson said O’Gara’s contribution has been immense: “Ronan’s coaching style has been hugely valuable to us in just his first season with the club. He has quickly formed great relationships with our playing group, and has effective means of passing on his knowledge which really resonates with the team.
     
    “We hoped at the start of the season that Ronan would provide us with a new perspective in 2018, and he has done exactly that. He brings fresh eyes and knowledge to the coaching group and we are certainly seeing the benefits of his extensive skillset and experience. We’re pleased that Ronan and his family are settled in Christchurch and he’ll continue his important contribution in 2019,” Robertson said.
    
    O’Gara said he is enjoying his first season of Super Rugby and looking forward to another year with the Christchurch-based club: “I’m delighted to be extending my contract for another season. I have always been an admirer of rugby in New Zealand and to get the opportunity to work with a club like the Crusaders is a fantastic experience.
    
    "Besides being a great bunch of guys to work with, the professionalism of everyone associated with the club is incredible. It’s no wonder this part of the world has the success they do. I’m delighted my wife and family have come on this journey with me and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone again next season,” O'Gara said.
    
    Ronan O’Gara played as first five-eighth for Ireland from 2000 – 2013. He holds the record for the most points scored for Ireland and holds the fourth highest total points haul in the world, with 16 tries, 176 conversions, 202 penalties and 15 drop goals for his national team. He is also the sixth most capped international player in the world, and as well as his 128 games for Ireland, he has played for the British and Irish Lions in their 2001, 2005 and 2009 tours. He has also captained Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.
    

    Really happy about this, had assumed we’d only have him for a year.

    Apparently he’s had a huge influence on Richie’s game this year. The improvement in his kicking in general play has been very noticeable



  • @sammyc yeah it will be interesting if O’Gara’s influence shows in the contracted playing Roster for 2019,Some holes to fill there as depth will be crucial looking at the tough 2019 Draw for the Crusaders



  • @sammyc said in Crusaders 2018:

    Really happy about this, had assumed we’d only have him for a year.
    Apparently he’s had a huge influence on Richie’s game this year. The improvement in his kicking in general play has been very noticeable

    Good person to learn from. Ronan's kicking was superb.



  • @sammyc Richie's goal-kicking seems much improved as well. Not sure whether that's O'Gara, but it's likely.



  • @chris-b said in Crusaders 2018:

    @sammyc Richie's goal-kicking seems much improved as well. Not sure whether that's O'Gara, but it's likely.

    Richie's flying skills have improved heaps this year too. The helicopter is buzzing everywhere and most of the time it's under the radar. Don't know how he gets away with it. Not sure if it is O'Gara.



  • Loose forward Whetu Douglas will provide short-term cover for the Crusaders as they continue to wait for All Blacks captain Kieran Read to recover from back surgery.
    
    That's the good news. The problem is Douglas won't be eligible to represent the defending champions during the Super Rugby playoffs which will be played in July and August.
    
    He was initially expected to resume his career in New Zealand with Canterbury during the Mitre 10 Cup, but Crusaders coach Scott Robertson rushed Douglas back on to the reserves bench for the match against the French Barbarians in Christchurch on Friday night because his back row stocks were depleted by injuries and All Blacks being on test duty.
    
    After the game, which the Crusaders won 42-26 at AMI Stadium, Robertson confirmed Douglas would join his squad for the competition games against the Highlanders and Blues.
    
    "Yes, he is around now. He becomes eligible for the last two round-robin games but is not eligible for the finals," Robertson said.
    
    Sanzaar regulations prevent Douglas having the chance to play for the defending champions at the sharp end of the season because at the start of the year all teams were required to forward a list of players - outside of specialist front rowers - who will participate in the playoffs. Because Douglas was playing in Italy, and presumably had not signed a deal with the Crusaders at that point, he was not added.
    
    "So you just can't bring anyone in, you have to have a list of players that you would like to be eligible … and Whetu is not on that list," Robertson added.
    
    Whether he will get much game time for the Crusaders in this Super Rugby campaign would depend on who else is available. As it stands, Robertson is looking at a casualty ward that contains a number of loose forwards who are nursing injuries.
    
    In addition to Read yet to play this year after having spinal surgery in December, and while it is hoped he might play some Super Rugby there are no guarantees, Jordan Taufua has a calf tear and has been ruled out of the All Blacks' tests against France.  
    
    Tom Sanders has been knocked out of the Super Rugby campaign because of a serious ankle injury, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis wasn't considered for the game against the French Barbarians because of a niggle and Billy Harmon had to leave the field during that fixture because of a painful knee problem.
    



  • By the way, Mataele is with the squad in Perth and I saw a photo on instagram of Jone Macilai in hospital, which suggests that his injury is serious (requiring surgery?).



  • For those who didn't read this in the exodus thread:

    Matt Todd re-commits to BNZ Crusaders for 2019

    BNZ Crusaders vice-captain Matt Todd has re-committed to the club for the 2019 season.
    
    BNZ Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said: “Matt Todd has signed a short term deal with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, which he will commence at the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season. We are thrilled to confirm that Matt will then return to New Zealand, having re-committed to the BNZ Crusaders and NZR for 2019.”
    
    BNZ Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson said: “Matt is a phenomenal player and this is a great opportunity for him to head over to Japan, experience a different brand of rugby over there, and freshen up ahead of our 2019 season. To have a player of Toddy’s calibre and leadership ability re-commit to the BNZ Crusaders is hugely exciting for us - he’ll bring plenty of great experience to Japanese rugby under Robbie Deans, and we wish him all the best for the upcoming season.”
    
    Todd said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to sign and play for Panasonic Wild Knights. I know they are an extremely successful club who play a great style of rugby, and are also very well coached. My family and I are really looking forward to getting up to Japan and experiencing Ota and the Japanese way of life. I will be returning to the Crusaders and NZR in 2019 and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
    


  • Hall and Todd must've been two of the highest risk signings to secure for 2019.



  • @tim Taufua, too. All on one-year contracts, too, like Crotty.

    I just looked at my list of signings (all SR teams) and the number of players coming off contract in 2019 is horrendous.





  • @tim I use another format. I don't list transfers of players staying in NZ (only of those moving overseas).

    I list players according to the year in which their contract expires (and then alphabetical on last name). As soon as a player re-signs, I move him to another year. What makes it difficult is that the duration of contracts isn't always published.



  • Crusaders Junior Knights Development Camp 2018

    Players selected for Crusaders Junior Knights Development Camp

    The Junior Knights Development Camp will be held in Christchurch next week, and the Crusaders have named those players selected to attend. The camp, which focuses on educating young players on the physical and mental skills required to perform at the top level, will run from July 8th – 11th at St Andrew's College.

    The 70 selected players will have the opportunity to learn from world class coaching and development staff over 4 days and from there a squad of 25 will be selected to travel to Hamilton, where they will play the Chiefs U18 team on Saturday 14 July.

    Another Junior Knights Development team will play a Canterbury Invitational XV in Christchurch on Thursday 12th July.

    The following players have been selected for the 2018 Crusaders Junior Knights Development Camp:

    Lachie Gunson – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Jack Rose – St Andrew's College, Canterbury
    Ben Lopas – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Luca Inch – Nelson College, Tasman
    Shane Fikken – Timaru Boys' High School, South Canterbury
    Arthur Allen – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Aiden Gane – Marlborough Boys' College, Tasman
    Clayden Paranihi – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Shaun Berryman – Shirley Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Tamaiti Williams – Canterbury
    Patrick Thacker – Christ's College, Canterbury
    Monu Moli – Marlborough Boys' College, Tasman
    George Roysmith – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Preston Marsters – Nelson College, Tasman
    Sam Darry – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Cameron Henderson – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    David Langr – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Lachie James – Rangiora High School, Canterbury
    Taya Brown – Nelson College, Tasman
    Tom Thornalley – Nelson College, Tasman
    Amhlaoibh Porter – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Dominic Gardiner – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Fergus Hughes – Nelson College, Tasman
    Zach Gallagher – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    George Prain – Rangiora High School, Canterbury
    Anton Segner – Nelson College, Tasman
    Sam Caldwell – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Josh Chapman – Marlborough Boys' College, Tasman
    Te Aho Eketone Whitu – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Angus Fletcher – Rangiora High School, Canterbury
    George Methven – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Jackson Gavin – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Charlie Murray – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Max Hughes – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Louie Chapman – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Mitchell Barry – Shirley Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Jackson Youngman – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Cullen Moody – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Ollie Lewis – Christchurch Boys’ High School, Canterbury
    Josh Ree – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Kurtis Weeks – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Tahu Kaa-Goodwillie – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Dominic Clarke – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Liam Duncan – Marlborough Boys' College, Tasman
    Isaiah Punivai – Canterbury
    George Harding – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    PJ Latu – South Canterbury
    Nash Forrester – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    John Vasurakuta – Timaru Boys' High School, South Canterbury
    Etonia Bainivalu – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Brigham Riwai-Couch – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Inosi Nadolo – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Isi Saumaki – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Kynan Stowers-Smith – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Wil Gualter – Lincoln High School, Canterbury
    Keelan Murrell – Marlborough Boys' College, Canterbury
    James McCulloch – Shirley Boys' High School
    Ryan Barnes – Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
    Hunter Wilson – Christ’s College, Canterbury

    In addition to this squad, a Wider Training Group has also been selected and will be involved during the camp:

    Wider Training Group:

    Seb Calder – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Elama Touli – Ashburton College, Mid-Canterbury
    Jacson Edie – St Andrew's College, Canterbury
    Jordan Haywood – Rangiora High School, Canterbury
    Jamie Carr – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Dom Cornish – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Chris Bainbridge – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Liam McCormack – St Andrew’s College, Canterbury
    Hamish Jones – St Bede’s College, Canterbury
    Shun Miyake – Christ’s College, Canterbury
    Jermaine Pepe – Rangiora High School, Canterbury