Crusaders International High Performance Unit

Don't miss your chance to live and breathe the game in the hotbed of world rugby, New Zealand. The Crusaders have won an incredible seven titles since the competition’s inception in 1996 and have proven without doubt that the Canterbury region is where the knowledge base of world rugby is.

In 2008 the Canterbury Rugby Football Union established an International High Performance Unit (IHPU). Its purpose is to offer select players, coaches and support staff an opportunity to visit the inner workings of the organisation in one of the world’s most beautiful and rugby fanatical countries.

Our IHPU Elite Training Programme has been operating since 2008, supporting the development of support staff, coaches and high performing athletes, coaches and support staff. It includes five alumni players who participated in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The Crusaders coaching staff have nurtured and developed many past and current All Blacks including captain Richie McCaw, and IRB World players of the year Kieran Read and Dan Carter.

Its purpose is to offer a selected group of players an opportunity to join the Crusaders IHPU and experience a unique rugby environment while improving each participant’s key rugby skillset.

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