A number of familiar faces turned up at the Crusaders’ latest practice session ahead of their debut his weekend in the Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament.
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The Crusaders had a bye in Week 1, but will travel to Wellington to face the Hurricanes in Sunday, 21 June’s clash (05:35 SA time).
The current squad had a boost in the form of no fewer than SIX former legends of the Christchurch franchise on Tuesday.
Centre Ryan Crotty, No 8 Kieran Read, loose forward Matt Todd, fullback Israel Dagg, hooker Ben Funnell and flyhalf Colin Slade were all interested onlookers as the team were put through their paces under the watchful eye of coach Scott Robertson.
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Between them the sextuple boast a wealth of Crusaders and All Blacks experience:
Crotty: Crusaders (150 matches), All Blacks (48 Tests)
Read: Crusaders (156 matches), All Blacks (128 Tests)
Todd: Crusaders (140 matches), All Blacks (25 Tests)
Dagg: Crusaders (89 matches), All Blacks (66 Tests)
Funnell: Crusaders (88 matches), All Blacks (0 Tests)
Slade: Crusaders (57 matches), All Blacks (21 Tests)
That’s a combined total of exactly 600 Crusaders caps and 288 All Blacks caps.
Whether their sideline help will be enough to see the 10-time Super Rugby champions add a first Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy to their cabinet remains to be seen.
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– Compiled by Garrin Lambley
NOTE: Click on the Instagram post below, then click the right-arrow to see all six former players.