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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2020 Pick Your Prize Competition!

2020 PICK YOUR PRIZE competition

Win a prize of your choice for the 2020 Season! We have three options for fans to choose from:


Prize 1. Crusaders Club Family Membership

Win a Crusaders Club Membership with Hellers Take a Kid to Footy. The prize includes tickets to all 7 home games this season at Orangetheory Stadium for 2 adults and 3 children with all the great Crusaders Club membership benefits included!


Prize 2. Crusaders Supporters Pack

 Win a Crusaders Fan Pack with a new 2020 Crusaders home jersey and a Crusaders Club non-seated Membership, which includes a cap and keyring among other Crusaders Club Membership benefits!


Prize 3. 10 x Nelson GA tickets

Join us in Nelson for the first game of the 2020 Season! This prize includes 10 GA tickets to the match on Saturday 1st of February 2020 at Trafalgar Park, Nelson.



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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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