NZ-groomed Scot hopes to make mark

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Barely a year since leaving Canterbury's rugby incubator, Finn Russell has emerged as the Scotland playmaker who hopes to make history against the All Blacks this weekend.

Last year Russell arrived at the Canterbury Rugby Football Union's International High Performance Unit (IHPU) as a callow 20-year-old looking to enrich his rugby knowledge.

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Gearing up for the 20th Crusade

The 2015 Investec Super Rugby season is nearly upon us - in just three months time we will be playing our first game in our twentieth Crusade!

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2015 Investec Super Rugby Crusaders squad announced

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has announced his squad to contest the 2015 Investec Super Rugby competition.  It includes 26 returning players from the 2014 Crusaders squad, 2 players who have been elevated from the Wider Training Group, and 4 new players.

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Adam Whitelock announces move to France

Canterbury and Crusaders midfield back Adam Whitelock has announced he will be taking up a contract with French rugby club, Bayonne, at the conclusion of this ITM Cup season.  Whitelock, who has played over 50 games for both the Crusaders and Canterbury ITM Cup team, said it was a difficult decision to make but he is now excited about the opportunity ahead.

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Crusaders to kick off 2015 season in Timaru

The Crusaders will host their first pre-season game of 2015 in Timaru on 24 January.  It will be a South Island derby against the Highlanders.  Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said it is fitting that the game will be played halfway between the two teams’ home bases.

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