Crusaders Knights Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his squad for 2013. Twenty eight players from across the franchise region have been selected to make up the squad in addition to the contracted Crusaders.
Robertson is extremely excited about being involved with the Knights " The squad that we have announced are a great group of guys and there is some real talent within the team. These are players with real promise and have a great future in rugby ahead of them."
The Crusaders Knights predominantly give non playing Crusaders and New Zealand Under 20 players the opportunity for game time each week. The remainder of the squad is selected from upcoming ITM, Academy and Club players from across the franchise who are identified as being potential Crusaders within the next 3 years. The team will be supported by experienced coaching staff Scott Robertson and assistant coach Scott Hansen.
"The programme we have in place will be challenging and creates a great opportunity for the players to perform consistently at a very high playing level" says Robertson.
The season kicks off on Saturday 23 February against the Highlanders Development squad and includes two internationals amongst its fixtures. As an active part of the Pacific Rugby Cup tournament the Crusaders Knights will play Samoa on 23 March at Christchurch Park followed the next week with an international against Tonga on March 28th at Linwood RFC.
Crusaders Knights squad:
Shayne Anderson - Marist Albion - Canterbury
Marty Banks - Waimea Old Boys - Tasman
Scott Barrett - Lincoln University - Canterbury
Sam Beard - Burnside - Canterbury
Jed Brown - Burnside - Canterbury
Hamish Catherwood - University - Canterbury
Hayden Cripps - Harlequins - Tasman
Sam Dickson - West Melton - Canterbury
Tyrone Elkington - Sydenham - Canterbury
Mitch Graham - University - Canterbury
Brad Hemopo - HSOB - Canterbury
Kolio Hifo - Belfast - Canterbury
Alex Hodgman - Linwood - Canterbury
Luke Katene - Sumner - Canterbury
Tyler Kearns - Wanderers - Tasman
James Lentjes - University - Canterbury
Daniel Lienert-Brown - HSOB - Canterbury
James Lowe -Waimea Old Boys - Tasman
Matt Moulds -University - Canterbury
Rameka Paraki - Sydenham - Canterbury
Gary Redmond - Marist - Tasman
James Schrader - Lincoln University - Canterbury
Mitchell Scott - Nelson - Tasman
Seb Siataga - HSOB - Canterbury
Matt Symons - HSOB - Canterbury
Rob Thompson - HSOB - Canterbury
Siate Tokolahi - Belfast - Canterbury
Ellery Wilson - HSOB - Canterbury
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