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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.
With a mouth-wateringly strong roster jam-packed with All Blacks superstars, it’s no surprise to read the Crusaders are warm favourites to claim a third straight championship in 2019.
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
Mike Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Owen Franks, Oliver Jager, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Ben Funnell, Andrew Makalio, Codie Taylor, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Sam Whitelock, Ethan Blackadder, Mitchell Dunshea, Billy Harmon, Tom Sanders, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Whetu Douglas, Kieran Read, Mitchell Drummond, Ere Enari, Bryn Hall, Brett Cameron, Mitch Hunt, Richie Mo’unga, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Ngane Punivai, Israel Dagg, David Havili.