Statement from Crusaders CEO
- Published: Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:54
"Like all New Zealanders, the Crusaders team and organisation are deeply shocked by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. This is bigger than rugby and we’re absolutely heartbroken for our wider community, which is where our thoughts are.
In terms of the Crusaders name, we understand the concerns that have been raised. For us, the Crusaders name is a reflection of the crusading spirit of this community. What we stand for is the opposite of what happened in Christchurch on Friday; our crusade is one for peace, unity, inclusiveness and community spirit.
In our view, this is a conversation that we should have and we are taking on board all of the feedback that we are receiving, however, we also believe that the time for that is not right now. Emotions are very raw and real at the moment. There is the need for this community to wrap our support around those who are most affected by Friday’s events, and that is the immediate focus for the Crusaders team. At an appropriate time, we will thoroughly consider the issues that have been raised and our response to that. That will include conversations with a range of people, including our Muslim community.
This team and the wider organisation are united with our community in standing against such abhorrent acts as that which occurred on Friday in Christchurch, and in standing in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters." - Colin Mansbridge, Crusaders CEO
Captain Sam Whitelock returns to BNZ Crusaders team to face the Highlanders
- Published: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:01
BNZ Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his side for Saturday night's southern derby against the Highlanders, and it includes the return of four All Blacks.
BNZ Crusaders team named to play the Chiefs on family day at the footy
- Published: Thursday, 07 March 2019 14:35
BNZ Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team to face the Chiefs at home this Saturday evening, including a number of changes and two Investec Super Rugby debutants.
Kieran Read confirms 2019 season will be his last in New Zealand
- Published: Wednesday, 06 March 2019 16:16
All Blacks Captain and BNZ Crusaders centurion, Kieran Read, has confirmed that 2019 will be his swansong year in New Zealand Rugby.
BNZ Crusaders - A ‘team’ effort to remove 90,000 single-use cups from landfill
- Published: Tuesday, 05 March 2019 16:51
A mantra around BNZ Crusaders HQ is that every player has a role to play to deliver the planned outcome for the team. Teamwork is crucial and ultimately leads to a far better outcome than if individuals are working alone.
This mantra and mindset has now been matched off the field; the BNZ Crusaders have teamed up with Monteith’s Brewing Company, Total Waste Solutions, Vbase and Globelet to deliver an initiative that will result in 90,000 single-use cups being removed from landfill this season.