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Despite finishing their maiden Super Rugby season in 1996 in last position, the Crusaders have since become the superpower of Super Rugby competition, winning nine titles in all to become the most successful club in the competition’s history.
The Canterbury-based club enjoyed the very best kind of deja vu in 2018 – defeating the Lions in the grand final for the second straight season. The win saw them successfully defend their 2017 championship, as well as capping off a superb 14-2 regular season.
The 2019 Super Rugby draw can be found here.
Coach: Scott Robertson
Captain: Sam Whitelock
2018 finish: 1st New Zealand conference, 1st overall, Champions
Titles: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017, 2018
Crusaders 2019 Super Rugby squad
Michael Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Scott Barrett, Ethan Blackadder, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Mitchell Dunshea, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Billy Harmon, Oliver Jager, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Tom Sanders, Quinten Strange, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Sam Whitelock.
George Bridge, Brett Cameron, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Ereatara Enari, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Mitchell Hunt, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Richie Mo’unga, Ngane Punivai.