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Good To Great

With a mission of good to great; making good people into great rugby players, the Crusaders New Zealand Academy has a proven record of turning young men and women into professional rugby players of the highest calibre.  The Crusaders New Zealand Academy picks the best young playing talent from around the Crusaders region, and New Zealand, to give them the best opportunity to become Crusaders, All Blacks and Black Ferns.

Proven Results

  • 90% of academy players gain professional contracts
  • 40+ All Blacks have come from the academy
  • 1st ranked academy in New Zealand

Players’ support systems are critical to ensure a smooth transition into the programme. We do this through Academy staff, coaches, player mentors, community mentors, academic support staff, peer academy player support and spiritual support (where appropriate).

Meet Our Players

Meet the 2022 Crusaders NZ Academy Group