Ethan Blackadder is back for the BNZ Crusaders after his debut season in 2018.
Blackadder, son of the former Crusaders player, captain and Head Coach Todd Blackadder, hails from North Canterbury originally but has attended high school at Nelson College and lived up there since. He was called into the Tasman provincial team after a stellar club season where he co-lead Nelson to the Nelson Bays championship title. He became a regular starter for Tasman in 2017 as they made their way to the Premiership Final.
Blackadder's ability to play at lock as well as loose forward provides useful versatility, and there is plenty of upside yet for this rising star.