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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 ten titles in all to become by far the most successful club in the competition’s history.
The Crusaders occupied first place from Round 3 until the end of last season, cruising through the finals series to claim that third consecutive title and their competition-leading tenth overall.
This season could be different, however, with several key players leaving the club as part of the post-World Cup All Black exodus. Still, there is plenty of A-grade talent in both the forwards and backs, making the Crusaders a popular title pick – just not as unanimously as seasons past.
Coach: Scott Robertson
Captain: Scott Barrett
2019 finish: 1st New Zealand conference, 1st overall, Champions
Titles: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017, 2018, 2019
Crusaders 2020 Super Rugby squad
George Bridge, Fergus Burke, Brett Cameron, Mitchell Drummond, Ere Enari, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Inga Finau, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Dallas McLeod, Richie Mo’unga, Fetuli Paea, Sevu Reece
Michael Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Scott Barrett, Ethan Blackadder, George Bower, Tom Christie, Whetu Douglas, Mitchell Dunshea, Cullen Grace, Billy Harmon, Sione Havili, Oliver Jager, Andrew Makalio, Brodie McAlister, Joe Moody, Luke Romano, Ethan Roots, Tom Sanders, Quinten Strange, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Isi Tu’ungafasi