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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Crusaders in the 2011 Super 15 Rugby

Well, Super Rugby is here again and with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, time to gear up and support the Crusaders in the Super 15 Rugby, home to bone crunching, head smashing, eye-gouging hardcore rugby.

The Crusaders are marching for their 16th Crusade in Super Rugby competition and the Red-and-Black machine will be looking forward to win their eighth Super Rugby title. The Canterbury dynasty will be one of the favourites to win the newly formatted Super 15 competition.

The new format put the Crusaders in the New Zealand Conference and will be facing all other New Zealand franchises twice this year in a home and away internal conference matches. They will only play against four Australian and four South African franchises in cross-conference matches. Thus, the Crusaders will miss out on one team from the Australian Conference and one team from the South African Conference.

The squad for the 2011 season:

Props
- Nicholas Barrett
- Wyatt Crockett
- Ben Franks
- Owen Franks
- Andrew Olorenshaw

Hookers
- Corey Flynn
- David Hall
- Quentin MacDonald

Locks
- Chris Jack
- Luke Romano
- Brad Thorn
- Sam Whitelock
- Reuben Thorne

Loose Forwards
- Richie McCaw (c)
- Jonathan Poff
- Matt Todd
- Kieran Read
- Joe Wheeler
- George Whitelock

Half Backs
- Andrew Ellis
- Kahn Fotuali'i
- Willi Heinz

Fly Halfs
- Matt Berquist
- Tyler Bleyendaal
- Dan Carter

Centres
- Ryan Crotty
- Robert Fruean
- Tom Marshall
- Sonny Bill Williams

Wingers
- Zac Guildford
- Sean Maitland
- Adam Whitelock

Full Backs
- Israel Dagg

2011 Wider Training Group:

Steve Alfeld (Academy) - Scrum Half
Codie Taylor (Academy) - Hooker
Sam Prattley (Academy) - Prop
Brendon O'Connor (Academy) - Flanker
Luke Whitelock (Academy) - Flanker
Tom Taylor (Academy) - Centre
Dominic Bird (Academy) - 2nd Row
Tu Umaga-Marshall (Academy) -Wing

Coach: Todd Blackadder

[italic bold] key players


Home Stadiums:
  • AMI Stadium (Christchurch, New Zealand)* [formerly known as the Lancaster Park/Jade Stadium]
  • Trafalgar Park (Nelson, New Zealand)
  • Alpine Energy Stadium (Timaru, New Zealand) 

[*] Due to the damages caused by the Christchurch Quakes (February 22, 2011) to AMI Stadium, the Crusaders will no longer used the facility for the rest of the 2011 Super Rugby season.

    Crusaders Schedule (Fixtures):

    Round 1 (February 19): Blues 24 vs. 22 Crusaders [Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand] L [highlights]
    Round 2 (February 26): Hurricanes 0 vs. 0 Crusaders [Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand] D [game cancelled]*
    Round 3 (March 4): Crusaders 33 vs. 18 Waratahs [Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand] W [full game]
    Round 4 (March 11): Crusaders 52 vs. 10 Brumbies [Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Round 5 (March 19): Highlanders 13 vs. 44 Crusaders [Carisbrook, Dunedin, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Round 6 (March 25): Crusaders 44 vs. 28 Sharks [Twickenham Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom] W [highlights]
    Round 7: -BYE-
    Round 8 (April 9): Crusaders 27 vs. 0 Bulls [Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Round 9 (April 15): Chiefs 16 vs. 34 Crusaders [Baypark Stadium, Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Round 10 (April 23): Crusaders 18 vs. 26 Highlanders [Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand] L [highlights]
    Round 11 (April 30): Western Force 30 vs. 42 Crusaders [Nib Stadium, Perth, Australia] W [highlights]
    Round 12 (May 7): Stormers 14 vs. 20 Crusaders [DHL Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa] W [highlights]
    Round 13 (May 14): Cheetahs 33 vs. 20 Crusaders [Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa] L [highlights]
    Round 14 (May 21): Crusaders 25 vs. 19 Chiefs [McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Round 15 (May 29): Reds 17 vs. 16 Crusaders [Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia] L [highlights/extra]
    Round 16: -BYE-
    Round 17 (June 11): Crusaders 23 vs. 16 Blues [Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Round 18 (June 18): Crusaders 16 vs. 9 Hurricanes [Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand] W [highlights]

    2011 Super Rugby Regular Season Record: 11-4-1
    [W] - Win
    [D] - Draw
    [L] - Loss
    [*] Due to the Christchurch Quakes (February 22, 2011), the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders was cancelled. All of the Crusaders players, team management, staff and board members have been directly affected by the earthquakes and aftershocks. The match was declared by SANZAR a draw with both teams earning 2 points each in the points table.

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    The Crusaders finished the 2011 Super XV Rugby as the New Zealand Conference champions and third in the overall standing. The New Zealand champions advance to the semi-finals for the tenth season in a row after defeating the Sharks in the first round of the play-offs.

    Play-off Schedule (Fixtures):

    Qualifiers (June 25): Crusaders 36 vs. 8 Sharks [Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand] W [highlights]
    Semi-finals (July 2): Stormers 10  vs. 29 Crusaders [DHL Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa] W [highlights]
    Finals (July 9): Reds 18 vs. 13 Crusaders [Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia] [highlights]
     
    2011 Super Rugby Play-off Record: 2-1-0


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    Crusaders’ Record in Super Rugby:

    1996: 12th place
    1997: 6th place
    1998: champions
    1999: champions
    2000: champions
    2001: 10th place
    2002: champions (unbeaten)
    2003: finalists
    2004: finalists
    2005: champions
    2006: champions
    2007: 3rd place (semi-finalists)
    2008: champions
    2009: 4th place (semi-finalists)
    2010: 4th place (semi-finalists)
    2011: New Zealand Conference champions, finalists (3rd place overall)


    Crusaders Legends (too many to mention):
    • Reuben Thorne
    • Andrew Mehrtens
    • Justin Marshall
    • Todd Blackadder
    • Aaron Mauger
    • Greg Somerville 
    • Caleb Ralph 
    • Brad Thorn
    • Richie McCaw
    • Dan Carter

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