Crusaders & Canterbury Assistant Coach Mark Jones to join Worcester Warriors

Crusaders and Canterbury Assistant Coach Mark Jones has confirmed he will not return to Christchurch ahead of the Crusaders 2021 Sky Super Rugby season, and will instead take up the position of Senior Assistant Coach with English club, Worcester Warriors. 

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Four players promoted from Crusaders Academy as Scott Robertson names 2021 Crusaders squad

Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has unveiled his 38-man squad for the 2021 Sky Super Rugby season and the club’s development pathway is highlighted, with all four new recruits having progressed through the Crusaders Academy. 

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Pulse Energy to power South Island Super Rugby in 2021

Pulse Energy has teamed up with the Crusaders and Highlanders in a new partnership that will see the community owned energy company power both South Island Super Rugby sides in 2021. 

The partnership is a continuation of Pulse Energy’s relationship with the Highlanders, who are joined by the Crusaders to give back to communities throughout their respective regions.

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Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman 2021 announced

Super Rugby will pack twice the punch in 2021 with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Rugby Australia (RA) announcing today a six-week Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament which will kick off on 14 May. 

Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will feature 10 Super Rugby clubs, five from New Zealand and five from Australia, playing 25 matches over five weeks before a Final on Saturday 19 June. All 26 matches will be live and exclusive on Sky.

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Crusaders to open season with Farmlands Cup in Temuka on Friday 12 February

 Having announced Temuka as the home of the 2021 Farmlands Cup between the Crusaders and Pulse Energy Highlanders, the South Canterbury town can now circle 12th February 2021 in their calendars.

While the host for the annual Farmlands Cup match was announced in September, both teams and rural supplies and services co-operative Farmlands can announce the date of this highly anticipated fixture. The Farmlands Cup will be the first hit out in the pre-season for the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa reigning champions, the Crusaders, and fierce southern rivals, the Highlanders.

With COVID-19 sending uncertainty through New Zealand rugby, Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge is pleased that the 2021 season has now been confirmed.

“The draw for Super Rugby Aotearoa has been eagerly-anticipated, and now that our 2021 fixtures are locked in, we can also confirm our pre-season dates.

“The Farmlands Cup is so much more than preparation for the season ahead. It’s where we connect with people in our region we wouldn’t normally get to see and bring some of Super Rugby’s biggest stars to the local communities they represent,” Mr Mansbridge says.

Current holders of the horned Farmlands Co-operative silverware, the Crusaders will be looking to tuck away the win, while the Highlanders rally their best men to front up to the challenge. Highlanders CEO Roger Clark is looking forward to the re-match after the 2020 game in Wanaka.

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