Crusaders 2019



  • @stargazer do you need to play for Aussie SR to be eligible? Thought they'd scrapped that.



  • @bones Yes. That's why Samu signed with the Brumbies. I have no doubt he would have stayed with the Crusaders otherwise. Only exception is for players with a certain number of Wallabies' caps.

    South Africa have scrapped the requirement that Springboks must play in SA.



  • @bones said in Crusaders 2019:

    @stargazer do you need to play for Aussie SR to be eligible? Thought they'd scrapped that.

    There’s the ‘Giteau’ rule but other than that they have to be signed or at least committed to OZ SR side.

    Both Samu and Toomua havent played a game for their new SR teams but are signed and will both be in the 23



  • Currently in the midst of a post-season review process which, among other things, involves interviewing players and preparing reports for NZ Rugby and the Crusaders board, Robertson will also discuss his future at the club.
    
    He, along with assistants Brad Mooar, Jason Ryan and Ronan O'Gara, are contracted through to the end of the 2019 season. Robertson has already indicated he is keen to extend his tenure and given his success that should should be a formality.
    
    The bulk of the Crusaders squad is already contracted for next year. Former All Blacks wing/centre Seta Tamanivalu has already confirmed he will join French club Bordeaux later this year, and Wallabies back rower Pete Samu has signed for the Brumbies.
    
    Robertson may also look for a younger first five-eighth if Mike Delany, who was on a one-year deal, doesn't return to provide back-up to Richie Mo'unga and Mitchell Hunt. There is no chance of Australian schoolboy Campbell Parata, who has been recruited to the Crusaders academy in Nelson, being considered because he is too young.
    
    Finding a space for blindside flanker Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, who wasn't offered a fulltime contract for 2018 but proved invaluable when he joined as injury cover and started the final, is something the Crusaders need to consider.
    
    Samu has already been replaced by Whetu Douglas, who has returned to Canterbury after playing in Italy, after the latter signed a fresh deal with the Crusaders for 2019 so space among the back rowers is tight.
    
    "He has fronted for us, every time he had played," Robertson said in reference to Bedwell-Curtis. "We are working through that now, how that squad looks."
    



  • Doesn't this Frost kid have a kiwi mum?



  • @akan004 said in Crusaders 2019:

    Doesn't this Frost kid have a kiwi mum?

    I think someone already said his folks are an Aussie and a Pom



  • There is no chance of Australian schoolboy Campbell Parata, who has been recruited to the Crusaders academy in Nelson, being considered because he is too young.

    Easy to say at this stage, but it's not crazy to imagine a 19 year old being thrust into M10 Cup action for Tasman and going well enough to put himself in the frame for 2019, should the Crusaders suffer an injury or two.



  • @shark said in Crusaders 2019:

    There is no chance of Australian schoolboy Campbell Parata, who has been recruited to the Crusaders academy in Nelson, being considered because he is too young.

    Easy to say at this stage, but it's not crazy to imagine a 19 year old being thrust into M10 Cup action for Tasman and going well enough to put himself in the frame for 2019, should the Crusaders suffer an injury or two.

    Yeah look at who was on the bench at hooker for the grand final. Nothing’s out of the realm of possibility.





  • Still can't understand why the Chiefs never picked this guy up when he was playing for Waikato. He will just get better and better down there.



  • According to the Crusaders' FB page & instagram, they'll announce two re-signings this week.

    By the looks of it, the players are Ethan Blackadder and David Havili (I may be wrong, of course). Havili was already signed for 2019, so they must be pretty keen to keep him. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes over the 12 jersey from Crotty after next season, assuming 2019 is Ryan's last season as a Crusader.



  • @stargazer said in Crusaders 2019:

    According to the Crusaders' FB page & instagram, they'll announce two re-signings this week.

    By the looks of it, the players are Ethan Blackadder and David Havili (I may be wrong, of course). Havili was already signed for 2019, so they must be pretty keen to keep him. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes over the 12 jersey from Crotty after next season, assuming 2019 is Ryan's last season as a Crusader.

    It’s blackadder and Drummond I think mate



  • @sammyc Haha, we'll see (Drummond is already signed through to 2020).



  • @stargazer I reckon you're right.

    A quick google of photos and that centre photo of a left wrist with the black and cream tape looks like Havili's.



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  • Great news, he’s the obvious successor to Ryan Crotty at 12 when Jordan takes over at 15



  • @sammyc Yep looks like it



  • Good. I'm also sure that he has a few more black jerseys in him, if he plays well.



  • @stargazer said in Crusaders 2019:

    Good. I'm also sure that he has a few more black jerseys in him, if he plays well.

    Razor doing a great job in putting together Crusaders post WC. Jordan,Bridge,Ennor,Goodhue,Havali,Mounga,Enare. exciting looking backline shaping up



  • @chris Sharp looking backline.