BNZ Crusaders and New Zealand Rugby Media Statement
- Published: Wednesday, 03 April 2019 12:11
The BNZ Crusaders and New Zealand Rugby have announced today that they will engage independent research company, Research First, to seek feedback and provide recommendations on the Crusaders team name and brand, following the Christchurch attacks on Friday 15 March.
BNZ Crusaders vice-captain Ryan Crotty confirms move to Japan
- Published: Monday, 01 April 2019 18:00
BNZ Crusaders centurion and 44-Test All Black, Ryan Crotty, has announced he will leave New Zealand rugby at the end of the year.
BNZ Crusaders team named to face Hurricanes in the Capital
- Published: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 12:17
The BNZ Crusaders are preparing for a big derby match this week against the Hurricanes in Wellington; a match that will establish the competition leaders at the top of the New Zealand conference.
BNZ Crusaders and Waratahs to pay their respects in Sydney
- Published: Thursday, 21 March 2019 16:07
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