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Crusaders NZ Academy

The Crusaders New Zealand Academy is developing the next group of rugby players to join the professional ranks. All players selected are provided with total immersion in a professional rugby environment for the duration of the programme. The Academy is closely aligned with the Crusaders, Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup, Tasman Mako and Canterbury Farah Palmer Cup teams, giving players the opportunity to learn from the best players in the country every day.

Meet Our Players

Meet the 2021 Crusaders NZ Academy Group

Good To Great

With a mission of good to great; making good people into great rugby players, the Crusaders New Zealand Academy has a proven record of turning young men and women into professional rugby players of the highest calibre.  The Crusaders New Zealand Academy picks the best young playing talent from around the Crusaders region, and New Zealand, to give them the best opportunity to become Crusaders, All Blacks and Black Ferns.

Proven Results

  • 90% of academy players gain professional contracts
  • 40+ All Blacks have come from the academy
  • 1st ranked academy in New Zealand

Players’ support systems are critical to ensure a smooth transition into the programme. We do this through Academy staff, coaches, player mentors, community mentors, academic support staff, peer academy player support and spiritual support (where appropriate).