Crusaders 2018

  • 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

  • Sad to see Wyatt Crockett announced his retirement yesterday

  • If by yesterday you mean February

  • I don't think Makalio is injured, so it looks like Codie Taylor will get a rest:


    Edited to add that Sam Anderson-Heather was the captain of the Provincial Barbarians team that played the B&I Lions last year. He also scored the only try for the Barbarians in that match.

  • This is the Crusaders Junior Knights (U18) squad for the game today against the Chiefs U18:


    More info on the Crusaders website:

    (The picture is from the Mid Canterbury FB page)

  • It's currently 18 - 10 to the Junior Knights. This is their 2nd try (more clips on that same FB page):

  • Chiefs U18 is making a comeback: it's now 17 - 18 to the Junior Knights.

    You can also follow the game on instagram:

  • Apparently, it's full time. Final score: U18 Chiefs 22 - 18 U18 Crusaders

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