Irish prop Oli Jager made his way into the BNZ Crusaders squad in 2017 via the Crusaders International High Performance Unit.
He played for the Ireland U18 Schools side in 2013 but when he missed selection for the Leinster academy system, Jager decided to pursue his rugby dream in Canterbury. He did a month long programme and the Crusaders International High Performance Unit and impressed enough to be asked to return for a shot at club rugby in 2014.
Three years on and Jager has cemented himself as a valued member of the New Brighton Club, Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup team and BNZ Crusaders.
Despite arriving in Christchurch as a Number 8, Jager was convinced to convert to tighthead prop by current Crusaders Assistant Forwards Coach Jason Ryan.