Crusaders Knights Head Coach Joe Maddock has named his 32-man squad for the 2017 season, which includes nine New Zealand U20 trialists, as well as current Canterbury and Tasman Mitre 10 Cup players.

 The Crusaders development side, which was named following trials on 10 and 11 February at Lincoln University, features emerging Mitre 10 Cup, Academy and club players from throughout the region. Non-playing BNZ Crusaders squad members will also be involved, providing them with valuable game time.

Maddock says the trials highlighted the wealth of up and coming talent in the Crusaders region: “We were really impressed by the calibre of players who trialed last weekend, and believe we have a really strong squad for the upcoming matches against the Highlanders and Hurricanes development teams.

“These games provide a great opportunity for young players to represent the Crusaders region and gain some valuable experience alongside those who have already been involved at Mitre 10 Cup and Super Rugby level.”

The side will play their first of three matches on Saturday 25 February against the Highlanders development side (Bravehearts), with the match scheduled to kick off at 1:45pm from Linfield Park in Christchurch. This will provide Christchurch fans with a chance to watch some top-class rugby throughout the afternoon, with the BNZ Crusaders first Investec Super Rugby match of 2017 set to take place afterwards, when they face the Brumbies from 7:35pm at AMI Stadium.

The Crusaders Knights will play the Bravehearts for a second time on 4 March, in a match scheduled to be the curtain raiser for the BNZ Crusaders match against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

The team travel north to Levin for their final fixture against the Hurricanes development side on 25 March. 

 

Crusaders Knights squad:

Name                                                   Club                Provincial Union
 
Harry Allan                            Sydenham Canterbury
Chris Gawler                        Lincoln University Canterbury
Tom Hill                                 Stoke Tasman
Samu Tawake                        Sumner Canterbury
Blair Prinsep                                    HSOB Tasman
Jack Straker                           Sydenham Canterbury
Sean Paranihi                        Sumner                                 Canterbury
Tom Crozier                            Sumner                                 Canterbury
Nathan Vella                           New Brighton                       Canterbury
Pari Pari Parkinson                           Stoke                                      Tasman
Jonno Osborne                      Lincoln University    Canterbury
Jack Powell                            Lincoln University                Canterbury
Will Tucker                              Christchurch                                     Canterbury
Dylan Nel                                Sumner                                 Canterbury
Ethan Blackadder                  Nelson                                   Tasman
Isaiah Miller                          Nelson                                   Tasman
Sam Godwin                          University of Canterbury     Canterbury
Tom Christie                                    Christchurch                                     Canterbury
Ere Enari                                 Lincoln University                Canterbury
Jack Stratton                           Lincoln University                Canterbury
Tim O’Malley                           Waitohi                                  Tasman
Brett Cameron                       Lincoln University                Tasman
Ray Nu’u                                 Sydenham                            Canterbury
Braydon Ennor                     University of Canterbury     Canterbury
Nigel Gibb                             University of Canterbury     Canterbury
Inga Finau                               Christchurch                                     Canterbury
Poasa Waqanibau                Sumner                                 Canterbury
Will Jordan                            Christchurch                         Tasman
Caleb Makene                        Lincoln University                Canterbury
Ngane Punivai                       Lincoln University                Canterbury
Tima Faingaanuku              Nelson                                   Tasman
Josh McKay                          Lincoln University Canterbury