Brodie McAlister has re-signed with the Crusaders, adding depth and maturity to an already strong 2023 line up.
The 25-year-old has impressed since his fulltime Super Rugby selection in 2020, having briefly appeared for the Crusaders in 2019 against the Blues.
The Christchurch local represented Shirley Boys’ High School in the UC Championship competition and in 2015 was selected for the New Zealand Schools squad. Like many stars of the game, he progressed through the Crusaders Academy before making his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2018.
Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach, said McAlister was a “tireless worker and found some great form last season”.
“He’s mastering his craft as a hooker and his best as a Crusader is ahead of him,” Robertson said.
McAlister’s one of eight current Crusaders selected for the inaugural All Blacks XV – the most represented Super Rugby team in the squad.
The team assembles at the end of October and heads to the UK for matches against Ireland A in Dublin on 4 November, and the Barbarians in London on 13 November.