Crusaders 2019



  • @Chris-B said in Crusaders 2019:

    I really don't want to lose Will Jordan - I think he'll be great fun to watch over the next five years. But, it's worrying to think that he can look south and see a starter's berth every week and lots of Ben Smith's salary.

    He's welcome to come north any time.



  • @Chris-B I hear Reece is going to re-sign, Jordan and Ennor could look South I Hope they Re-Sign soon I will feel much better



  • Goodhue locked into the end of 2020, but no long-term deal and no big announcement on the All Blacks website or twitter feed.



  • @Tim said in Crusaders 2019:

    He's welcome to come north any time.

    Be coached by his former NPC coach. A coach with significant knowledge of fullback play. He can form a partnership with the best winger in the world..

    On the negative side the team is cursed



  • @Duluth, @Tim Stop it you 2 you are scaring me



  • @Tim Leon better remember which side his bread is buttered. That's all I'm saying.

    And Steve"Cantabrian" Tew, "Sorry Leon, we've had to slash your recruitment budget this year - Razor's a bit short on cash. You know how it is...". 🙂



  • @Chris-B I would say the Crusaders. Recruitment Budget will be very Full. Read,Franks,Crotty,Taufua, leaving will open up some cash



  • @Chris Let's hope that greedy little Richie Mo'unga hasn't seen that article about Handre Pollard and the two million bucks - and if he has, that they've told him it's a completely different Handre Pollard to the one he played last week. 🙂



  • @Wurzel FWIW, they went up against each other in club rugby on Saturday and I thought Harmon got the better of Christie despite playing with a badly beaten pack. Harmon is more aggressive than Christie imo, a better ball carrier and far more effective at breakdown. Tom Christie reminds me of Luke Braid - ok at everything but lacking a bit of x factor in his game.



  • @African-Monkey Harmon seems to have a hard edge to him, abit like Sam Cane.More game time next year he may really come on.
    Christie hasn’t really impressed me glad we have signed Harmon



  • @African-Monkey said in Crusaders 2019:

    @Wurzel FWIW, they went up against each other in club rugby on Saturday and I thought Harmon got the better of Christie despite playing with a badly beaten pack. Harmon is more aggressive than Christie imo, a better ball carrier and far more effective at breakdown. Tom Christie reminds me of Luke Braid - ok at everything but lacking a bit of x factor in his game.

    Hey man, put some respect on Luke Braid's name 😄 . Luke Braid was the damn man - one of my favorite Blues players of the last decade. You could've used someone stinker for a comparison, like Serge Lilo..



  • @Dice Sorry brother haha nothing against Braid at all I liked his efforts he put in for us he's just the first player that comes to mind when I think of Tom Christie for some reason.



  • @African-Monkey I think it might be the hairlines 😀

    If anything, Christie does play like a rookie Braid who was a tackle bot and nothing more, but Braid became so much more as the years went by and seemed to add something new to his game each year.



  • @Wurzel said in Crusaders 2019:

    Billy Harmon, meh. Let's hope Tom Christie comes good this NPC.

    You've got a Bedean for your profile pic but then shat on another. Christie seems to be a decent tackler but did little else for Canterbury last year.



  • The outside back situation is going to be very interesting. Seems to be a lot of talent to try and hang on to, but it's also worth remembering that we've already had to dip into the national pool this year with Reece due to the Dagg and Mataele unavailabilities.

    The Dagg loss is obviously now permanent which opens up a spot, and with Crotty moving on there is a spot in the midfield for Ennor and/or Havili'i to contend for. If Havili'i is considered a 12 for next season and Ennor the first cab off the rank to relieve he and Goodhue, then the back three might be Jordan, Bridge and Mataele with Leicester F, Reece and Punivai the alternatives. Put it that way, and it doesn't seem overcrowded.



  • I like Billy Harmon, he’s a real hardman in the Brighton pack as mentioned above. Deserves his chance.



  • Crusaders: David Havili, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Ethan Blackadder, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, George Bower. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Harry Allan, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Mitchell Drummond, Mitch Hunt, Braydon Ennor.



  • Will Jordan probably out for the Regular SR Season



  • @Chris That is bad news. It's only three games after this one, but makes it less likely they'll give him a chance in the play-off games over guys who are in the groove.

    He's not had great luck the past couple of Super seasons.



  • That news about Jordan can be found in the article below.

    Crusaders prop Joe Moody has joined an ever-growing list of All Blacks sidelined by injury. 
    
    The 30-year-old loosehead will miss the red and blacks' fixture against the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday morning (NZT) due to the knee injury he sustained against the Bulls last weekend. 
    
    Moody, who was forced off early in the second half and required stitches to repair a deep gash to his left-knee, returned home to Christchurch this week to mend. 
    
    Speaking from Cape Town on Thursday night (NZT), Crusaders coach Scott Robertson called Moody a "potential option" to play the Blues at Christchurch Stadium Saturday week.
    
     That's better news than Robertson dished on utility back Will Jordan, who could miss the rest of the regular season with the foot injury he picked up against the Sharks a fortnight ago. 
    

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/112770898/super-rugby-crusaders-prop-joe-moody-joins-growing-all-blacks-casualty-ward



  • @Stargazer Really shame about Will Jordan, he came on leaps & bounds this year. FAB



  • Today we have three more contract extensions to announce - #guesswho 🤔 We are excited that all three have extended to 2021 👊🏽 #lockedin 🔏Correctly name all 3 and you’re in the draw for a 2019 away jersey 👏🏽

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  • @Stargazer One of them is Enari for sure. Maybe Ennor and Strange?



  • @Yeetyaah Yes, this one is a lot easier. Ennor, Enari and Strange.



  • And confirmed Ennor,Strange and Enari all resigned to 2021



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    We are stoked to announce that Quin, Braydon & Ere have all extended their contracts through to 2021!!!
    


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  • Scratch loosehead prop Tim Perry's name from the lengthy list of injured All Blacks. 
    
    The 30-year-old, who has six All Blacks caps to his name, on Tuesday played a full part in Crusaders training for the first time since breaking his left-arm against the Blues in February. 
    
    Perry was cleared for full-contact training after an MRI scan on Monday, and will play club rugby for Christchurch, against Shirley at Burwood Park, on Saturday afternoon. 
    
    All going well, the Crusaders will then decide between playing him against the Rebels in their final regular season game Saturday week, or asking him to again front for his club. 
    
    While injured All Blacks tighthead Owen Franks wasn't a full-participant, he did play a limited part in the Crusaders' training session at Rugby Park.
    
    Ryan confirmed Franks would not play against the Chiefs in Suva on Saturday night, a game the reigning champions had targeted for his return from a small muscle tear in his right-shoulder. 
    
    "If he gets through another good week next week, he should be all going well for the Rebels, but he's got to get through a training week," Ryan said. 
    
    Frontline hooker Codie Taylor, who busted a finger against the Stormers last weekend, is due back in time for the playoffs.
    
    Ryan confirmed All Blacks captain Kieran Read is over his shoulder injury and is available this weekend, as is hooker Ben Funnell, who has been sidelined with a calf injury.
    
    Like Perry, lock Quinten Strange will play club rugby this weekend, as he returns from a cracked rib, an injury he sustained 
    shortly after recovering from a foot infection.
    

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/113065609/super-rugby-all-blacks-prop-tim-perry-to-make-return-from-broken-arm-in-club-rugby



  • BNZ Crusaders lock Scott Barrett has been named the 2019 Player of the Year, at the club's annual awards dinner held at Christchurch Casino’s Sixty6 on Peterborough on Tuesday night.
    
    Crusaders Dinner19 1007 copy 2Awards were presented to the BNZ Crusaders’ Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Champion Crusader of the Year, with the rookie and player of the year awards decided by the coaching group, and champion Crusader a peer-voted award for the player's contribution to the team environment.
    
    BNZ Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said: "It was fantastic to bring our wider organisation, the team, partners and sponsors together on Tuesday, for what was both an acknowledgment of individual success and a celebration of the efforts of our entire organisation so far in 2019.
    
    "As the team prepares to play their final regular season match at home this weekend, it was nice to take pause and reflect on their season so far, thank those who will be leaving the club at the end of the season, and wish the team all the very best for the coming weeks."
    
    Sevu Reece was named Rookie of the Year following an outstanding debut season for the club, including 10 tries in 10 matches. First five-eighth Richie Mo'unga secured both the Champion Crusader Award and People's Choice - a new award this year as voted by fans.
    
    As well as the three main awards of the evening, the seven BNZ Crusaders' debutants this season were also acknowledged.
    
     BNZ Crusaders 2019 Super Rugby debutants:
    Crusader #231 - Will Jordan
    Crusader #232 - Sevu Reece
    Crusader #233 - George Bower
    Crusader #234 - Isi Tu'ungafasi
    Crusader #235 - Leicester Faingaanuku
    Crusader #236 - Ngane Punivai
    Crusader #237 - Brodie McAlister
    
    BNZ Crusaders 2019 award winners:
    
    Rookie of the Year: Sevu Reece
    Presented by BNZ Crusaders Captain Sam Whitelock
    
    Player of the Year: Scott Barrett
    Presented by BNZ Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge
    
    Champion Crusader of the Year: Richie Mo'unga
    Presented by 2018 Champion Crusader award winner Codie Taylor
    


  • @Stargazer wait...what? How do you have an awards ceremony halfway through the comp?



  • @Bones Yeah, a bit early, although we're well past the halfway mark. I assume they're doing it now, because - assuming they reach the final - there is no time in-between the final and players having to join the ABs.



  • @Bones said in Crusaders 2019:

    @Stargazer wait...what? How do you have an awards ceremony halfway through the comp?

    haha that's retarded.



  • Um what's Champion Crusader when it is at home? Obvs not Player of the Year?



  • @Machpants said in Crusaders 2019:

    Um what's Champion Crusader when it is at home? Obvs not Player of the Year?

    Google says its the players vote. Includes off field stuff.



  • @Machpants said in Crusaders 2019:

    Um what's Champion Crusader when it is at home? Obvs not Player of the Year?

    From the media release quoted in my previous post:

    ... champion Crusader a peer-voted award for the player's contribution to the team environment.
    


  • Makalio: two years (2021)
    Jordan: three years (2022)



  • @Stargazer Great stuff - especially Will Jordan!


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