Colin Mansbridge appointed as new Chief Executive

The BNZ Crusaders have announced today that Colin Mansbridge has been appointed as the new CEO of the Crusaders. He will begin at Rugby Park in early December as pre-season training commences in the lead-up to the 2019 Super Rugby season.

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Southbridge RFC to host 2019 Farmlands Cup

Southbridge Rugby Club, hometown club of BNZ Crusaders and All Blacks legend Dan Carter, will host the 2019 Farmlands Cup game – the first southern derby of the year.

The fourth edition of the Farmlands Cup pits the BNZ Crusaders up against the defending Farmlands Cup holders, the Pulse Energy Highlanders. Since 2016, the Farmlands Cup has returned first-class rugby to its grassroots. Previous editions have been held in Waimumu in Southland (twice) and Darfield.

BNZ Crusaders Chairman Grant Jarrold says it is a thrill to bring the Farmlands Cup game back to Canterbury.

“The BNZ Crusaders appreciate every opportunity to connect with the wider community and the rural community in Canterbury represent an important fan base for us,” Mr Jarrold says. 

“This will be the first time Southbridge have hosted this pre-season fixture but plans are already well underway. We have no doubt the people of Selwyn and the surrounding area will get behind this game and celebrate this Crusaders team out in their community.”

Farmlands Co-operative CEO Peter Reidie says the Farmlands Cup has captured the imagination of South Island rugby fans. 

“Rugby isn’t only about the big stadiums – it is about the small rugby grounds and parks around New Zealand that breed the next generation of Super Rugby players,” Mr Reidie says.

“We have had three sell-outs in a row, giving 19,400 people the chance to see high quality rugby. We are confident the Southbridge event will be another sell-out. Farmlands is proud to support something that gives back to our rural communities and provides people with an opportunity to see their rugby heroes in person.”

Southbridge, the community 45km from Christchurch, holds a special place in the hearts of Crusaders fans. Southbridge Rugby President, Hamish Gilbert says the club is excited to play host to the Farmlands Cup.

“It is fantastic to see the Crusaders bringing their pre-season game out into the rural community, especially to a part of Canterbury that has a very long and proud history of rugby,” Mr Gilbert says.

“We look forward to hosting this prestigious event and being able to showcase our fabulous facilities to the wider rugby community.”

The 2018 Farmlands Cup in February produced an exciting, high scoring game, with the Highlanders beating the Crusaders 42-26 in Waimumu. Farmlands shareholders will have an opportunity to receive the first tickets to the 2019 game through in-store promotions during October, before an exclusive pre-sale starting 1st November. Tickets will go on public sale in December.

BNZ Crusaders home Final SOLD OUT!

The ‘sold out’ sign has gone up at AMI Stadium for tonight’s Investec Super Rugby Final between the BNZ Crusaders and the Emirates Lions.

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BNZ Crusaders team named to play the Lions in the Super Rugby Final!

The BNZ Crusaders will host the Emirates Lions in Christchurch this Saturday night, in the Investec Super Rugby Final. The match will be the first time the Crusaders have played a Final on home soil since 2008.

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team for the match, and there is just one change from the starting XV that took the field in last weekend's Semi-Final against the Hurricanes, and one change on the reserves bench.

In the No. 6 jersey, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will start, in place of injured loose forward Jordan Taufua, who fractured his arm in the Semi-Final. Last weekend's reserve hooker, Seb Siataga, also fractured his arm in that match and has been replaced by Sam Anderson-Heather as back up to Codie Taylor.

In total, 19 of the BNZ Crusaders' match day 23 named for this Saturday, were also involved in last year's Final against the same opposition in Johannesburg.

Kick off is 7:35pm, Saturday 4 August, at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.


BNZ Crusaders team to play the Emirates Lions:


1.   Joe Moody    
2.   Codie Taylor    
3.   Owen Franks    
4.   Scott Barrett    
5.   Sam Whitelock (C)    
6.   Heiden Bedwell-Curtis    
7.   Matt Todd (VC)
8.   Kieran Read
9.   Bryn Hall
10. Richie Mo'unga
11. George Bridge
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Jack Goodhue
14. Seta Tamanivalu
15. David Havili

RESERVES
16.  Sam Anderson-Heather
17.  Tim Perry
18.  Michael Alaalatoa
19.  Luke Romano
20.  Pete Samu
21.  Mitchell Drummond
22.  Mitchell Hunt
23.  Braydon Ennor

BNZ Crusaders team named for Super Rugby Semi Final against the Hurricanes

The BNZ Crusaders will host the Hurricanes this Saturday night in the Investec Super Rugby Semi Final, from AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

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