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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Crusaders

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2022
# Super Rugby
Record defence puts heroic Crusaders into Super final
The 12-times champions extended their remarkable record of never losing a home knockout match.
# Goat
Crusaders' impeccable record at stake in Super Rugby semi showdown
In 27 years of Super Rugby, the Crusaders have played 26 knockout games at home and never been defeated.
All time
# CONNECTION
The Irishman working with Ronan O'Gara and La Rochelle on 'themeing'
Mullingar man David Sharkey has been consulting behind the scenes with the French club.
# Crusaders
Israeli scuba diver discovers ancient Crusader sword
It is estimated to be 900 years old.
# Heritage
Propping runs in the family for Leinster's new Samoan tighthead Alaalatoa
The 30-year-old has found similarities between the Crusaders and Leinster.
Crusaders miss out as Blues and Highlanders advance to Super Rugby final
Scott Robertson’s side have been the dominant force in recent years but won’t be part of next weekend’s decider.
# on fire
'What a luxury... Any other team in the world is taking either Mo'unga or Barrett at 10'
The Crusaders out-half is in superb form and starred again last weekend against the Reds.
# Highlights
The Kiwi teams are now 10/10 against the Aussies in Super Rugby
Richie Mo’unga starred again as the Crusaders hammered the Reds.
# Super Rugby
McKenzie penalty sees Chiefs pip Crusaders in dramatic finish
The Crusaders scored three tries to two but were punished for infringements within kicking range as McKenzie landed four penalties.
# Tighthead
Leinster have signed Samoa prop Michael Alaalatoa ahead of next season
The 29-year-old tighthead will join from the Crusaders in New Zealand.
# Super Rugby
This stunning try finish the highlight as Crusaders heap more misery on Chiefs
Leicester Fainga’anuku’s brilliant try arrived in the first half.
# Irish Abroad
23-year-old Birr man Regan makes Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders
The Crusaders came out on top in the Super Rugby Aotearoa opener in Dunedin.
# connecting
'I was closed in Munster. I was happy with my lot, but my eyes got opened in Crusaders'
La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara says connecting with players is as important as anything else.
# north v south
'Still early', but EPCR boss says plans for 16-club global rugby tournament 'advancing'
Vincent Gaillard says the tournament should remain ‘exclusive’ by being played once every four years.
# Stalemate
Super Rugby goes from world's best to unholy mess
Governing body SANZAAR insists it still has a part to play, even though Australia and New Zealand have left it out in the cold on discussions about Super Rugby’s future.
# Brain power
Leinster and the Crusaders linked up for a fascinating project during lockdown
The Irish province are viewing the next few months of games like a World Cup.
# Super Rugby Aotearoa
'Awesome' Hurricanes end Crusaders phenomenal streak
Crusaders suffer first loss at home in 37 games and four years.
Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack
The Brumbies scored an excellent try in behind the lineout against the Rebels.
# Super Rugby
Crusaders cruise to third straight win after sizzling second-half display
In yet another superb game of Super Rugby, the Crusaders finished off the Highlanders in style with three tries in the final quarter.
# Kick to Score
Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game
Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.
# 2023
All Black Barrett signs new deal through to the next World Cup
The Crusaders lock made his New Zealand debut against Ireland back in 2016.
# Derbies
We could be watching Super Rugby from New Zealand as soon as next month
The five Kiwi sides are set to play each other home and away over the course of 10 weeks.
# Club World Cup
'Leinster playing the Crusaders - who wouldn't want to watch a game like that?'
Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster says it would be brilliant to play the best of the Southern Hemisphere.
# Caught Out
Crusaders respond to video footage of players training together in public during lockdown
‘All of the players involved have acknowledged they made a mistake by sharing equipment.’
# Business As Usual
First-half blitz sends Crusaders to top of Super Rugby standings
Four tries in the first half helped the champions to see off the Highlanders today in Christchurch.
# Irish Abroad
Irish prop Jager gets second consecutive Super Rugby start for Crusaders
The 24-year-old has been involved with the Kiwi franchise since 2017.
# Irish Abroad
Irishmen O'Donnell and Glynn involved in Super Rugby pre-season games
Melbourne Rebels and the Crusaders have handed the Irish pair opportunities.
# Crusaders
'ROG has been awesome... He’s very determined like all the other Irish are'
Ronan O’Gara has had an influence on several of the All Blacks players.
# Europa League
Wolves progress in Europe as Jimenez's double downs Crusaders
The Premier League side were comfortable winners tonight and on aggregate.
# European business
Late goalkeeping error sees Wolves double their lead for Belfast return leg
Molineux toasted Wolves’ return to Europe after 39 years, as they ran out 2-0 winners over Crusaders.
# great scott
Crusaders boss Robertson 'optimistic' about prospects for All Blacks job
Present assistant coach Ian Foster is thought to be his main rival for the biggest job in rugby.
# Super Rugby
O'Gara wary of Jaguares threat as Crusaders chase third straight title
‘I know the Argentinians and when they get a sniff they’re dangerous.’
# Thriller
Crusaders keep Super Rugby three-peat dream alive
Ronan O’Gara’s side are on track for a hat-trick of titles.
# Northbound
Ronan O'Gara returning to Top 14 as head coach with La Rochelle
The Corkman will leave Christchurch this summer to replace Xavier Garbajosa in Jono Gibbes’ backroom team.
# Big Turnaround
O'Gara's Crusaders stunned in 10-try thriller after leading by 20 points
The Chiefs side pulled off a shock win over the defending Super Rugby champions in Suva.
# Super Rugby
Crusaders and NZ Rugby investigate 'very serious' allegations against players
The Super Rugby club’s players are said to be ‘distraught’ about the allegations.
# In Demand
'It's decision time' - O'Gara confirms interest from La Rochelle and rules out Munster return
He isn’t ruling out remaining at Crusaders for another year, either.
# Super Rugby
Sevu Reece stars as rampant Crusaders trounce Lions
The Crusaders’ bid for a third straight Super Rugby title is gathering momentum.
# flame emoji
Wow. How did this Crusaders star get this freakish offload away?
Ridiculous carry on.
# Mooar money mooar problems
Crusaders assistant Mooar to take over as Scarlets head coach next season
The Super Rugby champions’ attack coach will replace Wayne Pivac as he moves into Warren Gatland’s seat.