Canterbury loose forward Tom Christie has been named in the Crusaders squad for the first time in 2020, but he is no stranger to the environment at Rugby Park in Christchurch.
Christie spent three seasons playing for Shirley Boys’ High School in the Crusaders region secondary schools competition - now the UC Championship – and captained the side in his final year at school. He joined the Crusaders Academy in 2016 after representing the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team. Christie’s other representative honours to date include Canterbury Under 19, Crusaders Knights, and New Zealand Under 20. He won the Junior World Championship with the Under 20 side in 2017 and went on to captain the team in 2018.
Later that year, Christie was named in the Mitre 10 Cup squad for the first time, but he already had one first-class cap to his name – a 2017 Premiership Final appearance. Christie took the field with five minutes to go in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Final against Tasman, to not only earn his first appearance in the red and black jersey, but a Premiership winners medal as well.