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Todd Blackadder's reappointment has extinguished any chance of ex-Canterbury coaches Robbie Deans and Rob Penney returning to the Crusaders until at least 2017. Despite an earlier statement that Blackadder's contract had been extended for one season,
A few eyebrows must have pinged skywards when Tabai Matson burst into Japanese in the Crusaders' war room. During a five-year stint in Japan, where he played and later coached, Matson regularly attended language lessons and on Monday he rattled out
Barring a cataclysmic meltdown over the next few weeks the Crusaders coaching staff, headed by Todd Blackadder, are expected to be re-appointed for next year. Chairman Murray Ellis and chief executive Hamish Riach have remained mute on this subject
Todd Blackadder gambled and won in Dunedin and now hopes for a spectacular payout against the Chiefs on Friday night. Relegating Kieran Read, Wyatt Crockett and Luke Romano to the reserves for last weekend's match against the Highlanders did more
Tabai Matson called being blitzed by the Blues a "slap in the face" but was in no mood to backtrack yesterday. While the public debate whether last Friday night's 34-15 hammering should cause alarm bells to go berserk at the Super Rugby giants'
That will be playing into the hands of Sir John Kirwan's men and negating the strengths of the Crusaders, which are: solid set piece, few mistakes and tight defence. With a forward pack containing seven All Blacks, plus Matt Todd, they will play a
Wednesday Nov 28, 2012 Tabai Matson and Aaron Mauger have been confirmed as the Crusaders' new assistant coaches for next season. Matson, who took Canterbury to ITM Cup success this year in his first season as head coach, and Mauger, who assisted him,
Their marshalling of the backs and forwards respectively has been a feature of the young Canterbury team's successful season. Both are masters at steadying the ship when the team is under pressure...He's been inspirational.'' Canterbury will set a
But the words "Ranfurly Shield" will be the most commonly used in the Canterbury rugby camp this week. The famous Log of Wood, which Canterbury lost to Southland last year, has come very much back in favour following Canterbury's determined 20-12
New Blues coach John Kirwan has turned his gaze to Canterbury as he looks to rebuild the beleaguered franchise. The former All Black has been in attack mode since his recent appointment with a number of players, including Canterbury's Brendon O'