Crusaders

Canterbury Crusaders

Despite finishing its maiden Super Rugby season in 1996 in last position, the Crusaders have since become the superpower of Super Rugby competition, winning eight titles in all to become the most successful club in the competition’s history.

The Canterbury-based club got back to the summit after a nine-year absence, winning their record eighth championship after a win over the Lions in the grand final. It capped off a dominant season that saw the Crusaders lose just one game, finishing atop their conference and group with ease.

The 2018 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

Coach: Scott Robertson
Captain: Sam Whitelock
2017 finish: 1st New Zealand conference, 1st Australasian group, 2nd overall (Champions after finals)
Titles: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017

Crusaders 2018 Super Rugby Squad:
Ben Funnell, Andrew Makalio, Codie Taylor, Mike Alaalatoa, Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Oliver Jager, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Scott Barrett, Mitchell Dunshea, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Sam Whitelock, Ethan Blackadder, Billy Harmon, Kieran Read, Tom Sanders, Pete Samu, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Mitchell Drummond, Bryn Hall, Jack Stratton, Mike Delany, Mitchell Hunt, Richie Mo’unga, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Braydon Ennor, George Bridge, Israel Dagg, David Havili, Will Jordan, Jone Macilai, Manasa Mataele, Seta Tamanivalu

Last updated: 11 January, 2018

Crusaders Articles

Crusaders poach Australian schoolboy star

Crusaders poach Australian schoolboy star

by , 13 Aug 2018 Video

Schoolboy star Campbell Parata has promised his future to the Crusaders despite having played his most promising footy on Australian soil.

Super Rugby 2018: The panel concludes the ninth Crusade

Super Rugby 2018: The panel concludes the ninth Crusade

by , 9 Aug 2018

Call it generosity, call it collusion, call it outright Super-Rugby-tipping-panel-fixing if you must. Whatever it was and whatever you want to call it, it decided a winner for 2018.

After three consecutive losses, can the Lions keep it together?

After three consecutive losses, can the Lions keep it together?

by , 7 Aug 2018

In the end, it went according to script. The Crusaders were indeed too good, too well-drilled, too relentless on their way to securing an incredible ninth Super Rugby title, beating the Lions for the second straight season in the decider.

The Wrap: Crusaders win the stats that matter – and with them the title

The Wrap: Crusaders win the stats that matter – and with them the title

by , 6 Aug 2018

With a tick over 70 per cent of the Super Rugby final being played in the Crusaders’ half, the Lions – a side renowned for their attacking prowess – may have been excused in thinking that they had found the key to an upset victory.

Eight talking points from the Super Rugby Final

Eight talking points from the Super Rugby Final

by , 5 Aug 2018

Well there we go. As many predicted way back in February, the Crusaders have picked up their ninth Super Rugby title and broken Lions hearts for the third year in a row at the final hurdle.

Champions Crusaders not about to slow down

Champions Crusaders not about to slow down

by , 5 Aug 2018

The Crusaders have warned their second coming as Super Rugby’s kingpins isn’t over.

Cloud Nine: Crusaders cruise to another Super Rugby title

Cloud Nine: Crusaders cruise to another Super Rugby title

by , 4 Aug 2018

Too gritty, too patient and far too ruthless. The Crusaders called on their best qualities to beat the Lions 37-18 in the Super Rugby final and clinch a ninth title.

2018 Super Rugby Final: Crusaders vs Lions live scores, blog

2018 Super Rugby Final: Crusaders vs Lions live scores, blog

by , 4 Aug 2018 Video

Match result: The Crusaders have won their ninth Super Rugby title in dominant fashion, defeating the Lions 37-18 at home in Christchurch.

2018 Super Rugby Final Crusaders vs Lions live stream – how to watch in Australia, when does it start Australian time

2018 Super Rugby Final Crusaders vs Lions live stream – how to watch in Australia, when does it start Australian time

by , 4 Aug 2018

On Saturday the Crusaders and the Lions will go head to head for the 2018 Super Rugby title in a repeat of last year’s decider. Looking to watch the match in Australia? You’re in the right place – we’ve got all the info you need to know.

Super Rugby final: The one-sided two-horse race

Super Rugby final: The one-sided two-horse race

by , 2 Aug 2018

And then there were two. Although you’d be excused for thinking there was only one.


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