Razor has unveiled his 2020 Crusaders squad and new Captain live on SKY Sport. As we head into our 25th season and face a new era, we have a mix of new and familiar faces named in the 38-man squad for the first time.
“This is an exciting new era for the Crusaders, and an opportunity for some talented young players to step up in the Super Rugby environment. We farewelled a number of highly experienced players and great men at the end of last season, who have set this year’s squad up to build on our success. It’s exciting to embrace a new chapter of Crusaders rugby, which starts with the naming of our squad tonight”, said Razor.
Of the 12 new Crusaders, six players have progressed through the Crusaders Academy (Fergus Burke, Tom Christie, Inga Finau, Cullen Grace, Brodie McAlister, Dallas McLeod) and the group represents six provincial unions across New Zealand; Canterbury, Tasman, Otago, Waikato, North Harbour and Northland. Four players also have Super Rugby caps to their name already – Sevu Reece, Brodie McAlister, Isi Tuungafasi and George Bower were all capped during the 2019 season.
In the absence of Captain Sam in 2020, Razor has named a new Captain in Scott Barrett. “Scott has a phenomenal work ethic, and produces consistent performances for the Crusaders. He’s well-respected by his team mates as well as the coaching and management group, has great character and helps drive our team culture so we see him as a natural fit to Captain the side and congratulate Scooter on this exciting opportunity.”
The Crusaders squad will officially assemble to commence their pre-season on 25th November, with the All Blacks due to return in the New Year. Read more about the squad and our new signings here.
|2020 Crusaders Squad|
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Scott Barrett (C)
|*denotes player named in the Crusaders Super Rugby squad for the first time|