The Story Of The Crusaders
Mark Hammett (right) chuckles when he thinks back to the Crusade’s first days. The former All Black hooker, who is now a member of the coaching staff at the seven time Super rugby champions, was a player on the team’s first ever tour; a pre-season visit to South Africa in 1996 prior to the start of the Super 12.
127 Years Of Canterbury Tradition
The start of the professional era in 1996 found Canterbury rugby at a low ebb.While the union; New Zealand’s oldest dating back to 1879, was made the home base for the Crusaders Super rugby franchise, incorporating the seven provinces in the top half of the South Island, Canterbury’s was not a positive environment.
What's In A Name?
Have you ever wondered why the name Crusaders? Why not the Cardinals, the Crimsons or the Conquerors? When the first year of Super 12 kicked off in 1996, the Crusaders title was chosen for the side representing the provincial unions from the top half of the South Island - Nelson, Marlborough, Buller, West Coast, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury.