Crusaders grow global reach through International Academy

A refresh and refocus of the Crusaders International Academy has been a success story for the New Zealand-based Super Rugby Club over the past 12 months.

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Mark Jones joins Crusaders and Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup coaching teams

Former Wales international Mark Jones has been confirmed to join both the Crusaders and Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup campaigns for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. 

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Crusaders and Ashburton District Council partner to support mental health

The Ashburton District Council in partnership with the Crusaders have today launched an exciting initiative to raise money for local mental health services, by pledging to donate $1 each for every ticket sold to the upcoming Crusaders versus Hurricanes pre-season game in Ashburton next week.

Rugby fans who buy a ticket to Saturday's (18 January) Crusaders vs. Hurricanes game will not only get to experience the 2019 Super Rugby champions in action at their first pre-season match of the year, but will also play a part in supporting the Ashburton District's mental health services.

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Gary Cockram Hyundai now Principal Partner of the Crusaders

Hyundai to feature on the front of the team’s home jerseys from 2020

 

Long-term Crusaders sponsor, Gary Cockram Hyundai, has today announced that, with support from Hyundai New Zealand, they have extended their partnership with the Investec Super Rugby club and will feature on the front of the team’s home jerseys from the 2020 season. 

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Fiji Airways extends partnership with Crusaders

Fiji’s national airline to feature on Crusaders ‘away’ jerseys in 2020

 

Fiji’s National Airline, Fiji Airways, has today announced it has extended its exclusive airline sponsorship of the Crusaders. The partnership will see Fiji Airways feature on the front of the Crusaders’ away jerseys from 2020.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said: “This will be the first time the Crusaders has had a separate front-of-jersey sponsor for our home and away jerseys, and we are thrilled the team’s away jerseys will feature the Fiji Airways brand from 2020. 190425CrusadersCaptainsRun 46

“Our team’s largest fan base outside of New Zealand is in Fiji, which is unsurprising given the overwhelming support we have from local fans whenever the team has played a Super Rugby match in Suva. We look forward to engaging more of our Fijian fans through this partnership, and strengthening our connection with Fiji Airways, as they’re both such an important part of our club.” 

The Crusaders team wear their away strip for all Investec Super Rugby fixtures played outside of New Zealand and the 2020 season will see them play in Australia, South Africa and for the first time in Tokyo, Japan. The side will also wear their away jerseys on 8th February, when the Crusaders take on the Chiefs in Hamilton. 

André Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO says, “We’re proud to be part of the Crusaders family since 2017 and to be taking our partnership to the next level as front-of-jersey sponsor for the team’s 2020 away games.

“New Zealanders love their rugby just as much as Fijians, and we’re lucky to share values and enjoy a great synergy with the beloved Crusaders in such an important market.

“We look forward to supporting the Crusaders and their fans as they target another successful season.”

Another exciting announcement about the Crusaders home front-of-jersey sponsor is set to follow, on Monday 2 December.

Meanwhile long-term Crusaders sponsor, BNZ, will continue their relationship with the club as the Official Bank of the Crusaders, but will no longer feature on the front of the team’s jersey or as naming-rights sponsor. 

 

Fiji Airways currently operates 15 flights a week between New Zealand and Fiji, which includes up to three weekly services between Christchurch and Nadi, (flight time of under four hours). In addition, it’s an easy, convenient one-stop flight to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Fiji Airways is the only airline to offer child discounted airfares as well as a daily business class travel option directly from New Zealand to Fiji.