New Zealand Rugby and BNZ Crusaders to investigate allegations

New Zealand Rugby and the BNZ Crusaders Investec Super Rugby Club are jointly reviewing allegations about player behavior while on tour in South Africa.

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BNZ Crusaders Media Statement

The BNZ Crusaders have been made aware of allegations of an incident in Cape Town involving some of our players.

Allegations have been made via social media that there was a verbal altercation between members of the public and some Crusaders players who were out getting food after the match against the Stormers in Cape Town. The original post claimed players exhibited homophobic behaviour.

The three players, team management and the South African-based security advisor with them, strongly refute the socialised account of what happened. They are devastated by the allegation and the implication of homophobic behaviour.

BNZ Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said: “This is an organisation that is committed to inclusivity and is proud to have earned the Rainbow Tick certification.  That is what makes these allegations particularly distressing.  

“Given the serious nature of these allegations I will be meeting with the team management and players on their return to Christchurch, however I am confident in the account that we have received from the team and the security advisor who was present.”

Sam Whitelock returns in BNZ Crusaders side to play the Stormers

The BNZ Crusaders are in Cape Town preparing to take on the Stormers at Newlands Stadium this Saturday night (Sunday morning in New Zealand.)

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Kick Your Friends to Fiji!


Win flights and 4 nights accommodation for you and up to three friends at halftime in the BNZ Crusaders v Blues game on Saturday 25th May. But there’s a catch......


The further you kick, the more mates you take!


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BNZ Crusaders team named to play the Bulls in Pretoria

The BNZ Crusaders are in Johannesburg preparing to take on the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld this weekend, following their 21-all draw against the Sharks last Friday night.

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