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Christian Lio-Willie signs with Crusaders for 2023 & 2024

New Signing for 2023 & 2024

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Christian Lio-Willie has committed to the Crusaders for the 2023 & 2024 seasons!


The dynamic loose forward, who can play both 6 and 8, joins us from the Highlanders.  While tracking Christian through the 2021 NPC and 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, he has impressed with his ability on both sides of the ball - showing physicality on defence, winning collisions at the breakdown and powerful ball carries on attack.  


We are looking forward to seeing him continue to grow his game with us over the next two seasons!

Christian originally hails from Auckland and moved to Dunedin in 2016 to undertake a dentistry degree.   The 24 year old is lining up to play his second season of provincial rugby for Otago in the 2022 Bunnings Cup, and he will assemble with the Crusaders later in the year for the 2023 pre-season.  

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