Jason Ryan is back for his fifth season as Forwards Coach for the Crusaders in 2021. He brings a great skill set to the team, particularly with his experience as a scrum coach. Ryan worked with the forwards in the Canterbury provincial team for five years, initially as a Scrum Coach and then as an Assistant Coach in 2015 and 2016. He also has national experience as the Scrum Coach for the Black Ferns in 2014, and New Zealand Under 20 team for three seasons. Ryan set up the Front Row Club in 2013, a coaching programme focused on safe development of props and hookers. Ryan added to his impressive coaching resume in 2020 when he signed to assist in coaching the Fiji National team until 2023.