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

The run home – part 1: the June window

The run home – part 1: the June window

by , 22 May 2018

It may not actually have been the first time this year, but Round 14 felt like the first time this season where all seven games have been really interesting contests – and in which the result was far from certain well into the second half of each game.

Crusaders beat Blues in Super Rugby derby

Crusaders beat Blues in Super Rugby derby

by , 19 May 2018

The Blues’ woeful record in Kiwi Super Rugby derbies has continued with a bruising 32-24 loss to the Crusaders in Auckland.

Blues vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 19 May 2018

Match result: The Blues’ woeful record in Kiwi Super Rugby derbies has continued with a bruising 32-24 loss to the Crusaders in Auckland.

Waratahs suffer Super Rugby heartbreak

Waratahs suffer Super Rugby heartbreak

by , 12 May 2018

The NSW Waratahs are crying foul after giving up the biggest lead in Super Rugby history in a heartbreaking 31-29 loss to the mighty Crusaders.

Crusaders vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Crusaders vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 12 May 2018 Popular article! Video

Match result: The NSW Waratahs are crying foul after giving up the biggest lead in Super Rugby history in a heartbreaking 31-29 loss to the mighty Crusaders.

Rebels vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Rebels vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 4 May 2018 Popular article! Video

The Rebels are out to get their finals chances back on track when they host the Crusaders in Melbourne. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:45pm (AEST).

Brumbies beaten by Crusaders 8-21

Brumbies beaten by Crusaders 8-21

by , 28 Apr 2018

The Brumbies have lost 8-21 to the Crusaders at GIO Stadium in a match that sadly didn’t live up to its potential.

Brumbies vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Brumbies vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 28 Apr 2018 Video

Match result: The Brumbies have lost 8-21 to the Crusaders at GIO Stadium in a match that sadly didn’t live up to its potential.

Super Rugby Round 11: Who do we trust more – the Blues or Jaguares?

Super Rugby Round 11: Who do we trust more – the Blues or Jaguares?

by , 26 Apr 2018

If the Blues and Jaguares have become untippable in 2018 – and they have – then Round 11 features the game we all fear the most.

The midpoint report card: The red pen looms

The midpoint report card: The red pen looms

by , 24 Apr 2018 Popular article!

We’re at the midpoint of the Super Rugby season. Following popular demand after reviewing teams one month after making the pre-season predictions, it’s time to pass judgement once again.


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