Ethan Blackadder is back for his fifth season with the Crusaders in 2022, after a standout 2021 season that saw him make the All Blacks for the first time.
Ethan, son of the former Crusaders player, captain and Head Coach Todd Blackadder, hails from North Canterbury originally but attended high school at Nelson College. He was called into the Tasman provincial team after a stellar club season where he co-lead Nelson to the Nelson Bays championship title.
He became a regular starter for Tasman in 2017 as they made their way to the Premiership Final and in 2019, Blackadder helped the side secure their first provincial title despite having to sit out the Final.
Ethan made his international debut against Tonga at Mount Smart Stadium, coming off the bench in a 102–0 win for the All Blacks - becoming All Black number 1195.