Crusaders Media Advisory - Wed 18 March

The Prime Minister today suggested that anyone who has recently returned from overseas travel, even those who returned before the weekend's deadline, should enter self-isolation in response to COVID-19. 

As a result, the Crusaders team and management will take the cautious approach and support the public effort to minimise risk. Effective immediately, all members of the Crusaders squad and management who travelled to Brisbane last week for the Sunwolves match will now enter self-isolation. If the situation changes, in accordance with the advice of public health authorities, we’ll adjust accordingly. 

Members of the public are advised that not all Crusaders players and management travelled to Brisbane, and these individuals are therefore not required to self-isolate, so please don't be alarmed if you see some of our team out in public. 

Investec Super Rugby 2020 Competition Suspended

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the five New Zealand Super Rugby Clubs will be following the directive issued by the New Zealand Government regarding travel in and out of New Zealand as a result of COVID-19 and the decision by SANZAAR to suspend the 2020 Investec Super Rugby tournament. 

NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson has said the priority is the safety and well being of our teams and fans as we all do our part to protect people from COVID-19 and we fully understand and will comply with the need to reduce the exposure and spread of the virus.

“Our focus now will be to ensure the safe return of the Crusaders and Highlanders and rugby staff who are currently overseas and those who need to self-isolate for 14 days will do so.

“The decision to suspend competitions is being made for many events around the world and this is an important step the sporting world can take to ensure that teams and fans are not affected by the pandemic.

“We thank our fans, partners and broadcaster for their support of Super Rugby, and appreciate their understanding and patience while the competition is suspended.”

SANZAAR will issue any further updates on the Investec Super Rugby 2020 competition.


Following a SANZAAR Executive Committee (EXCO) teleconference in response to the announcement by the New Zealand Government that all returning travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days, including Super Rugby players, SANZAAR believes it has no option but to suspend the 2020 Super Rugby tournament at the conclusion of this weekend’s matches for the foreseeable future.

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Crusaders Development XV named to play Highlanders Bravehearts

The Crusaders Development XV have their final match of 2020 this afternoon, where they will play the Highlanders Development side (Bravehearts.)

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Crusaders team named to play the Sunwolves in Brisbane

  • Bryn Hall to Captain the Crusaders in the absence of Scott Barrett
  • Fergus Burke and Hugh Roach join the Crusaders bench and are set to make their Investec Super Rugby/ Crusaders debuts respectively.

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