Crusaders (rugby union)

The Crusaders (German crusaders, formerly known as Canterbury Crusaders) are a rugby union team from the New Zealand city of Christchurch. The team plays in the international Super Rugby League. It represents the regional associations Buller RFU RFU Canterbury, Mid Canterbury RFU, South Canterbury RFU, RU Tasman and West Coast RFU. The catchment area of the franchise thus comprises the northern and central part of the South Island. The home games are played at AMI Stadium. Team colors are red and black.

  • 3.1 Super 12
  • 3.2 Super 14
  • 3.3 Super Rugby


The team formed in 1996 reached in its first season, only the twelfth and last place of the then Super 12 But after that she could be considerably increased and established itself as the strongest New Zealand team.

So far, the Crusaders won the championship seven times ( 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008). Three times they were defeated in the final ( 2003, 2004, 2011). In 2002, the Crusaders had a " perfect season "; they remained unbeaten in all group matches in the semifinals and the finals.

Players and coaches

Current squad

The squad for the 2012 season:



Second - row players

Third - row players

Scrum half


  • Tyler Bleyendaal
  • Daniel Carter
  • Tom Taylor

Indoor Three Quarter

Outer three-quarters

  • Zac Guildford
  • Sean Maitland
  • Patrick Osborne

Final Men

  • Israel Dagg

Current coaching staff

  • Todd Blackadder ( head coach )
  • Daryl Gibson ( assistant coach )
  • Dave Hewett ( assistant coach )

Former coach

Well-known former players

  • Pita Alatini
  • Norm Berryman
  • Todd Blackadder
  • Ben Blair
  • Ron Cribb
  • Vilimoni Delasau (Fiji)
  • Greg Feek
  • Ross Filipo
  • Rico Gear
  • Daryl Gibson
  • Mark Hammett
  • Scott Hamilton
  • Dave Hewett


Super 12

Super 14

Super Rugby