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?).