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"Be proud of the Crusaders - Viva Red and Black!" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Local Custom Tip by Kakapo2

Christchurch Local Customs: 42 reviews and 46 photos

  The Crusaders are well loved in Christchurch.
by Kakapo2

If you love to wear red and black you are at the right place in Christchurch. Red and black are the colours of Canterbury, of the Canterbury (Lion) Brewery in St. Asaph Street – and of the Crusaders, OUR rugby team. It is a Christchurch tradition to be proud of the Crusaders, and this does not only show in people wearing red and black striped shirts and scarfs. Even the tramways wear red and black after a big win – plus the Crusaders flag on the roof.

The last time it happened was on 1 June 2008 and the following days, the days after the Crusaders had won the Super 14 final. This proved they were still the best rugby (Union) team in the world.

In this year’s final they beat the Waratahs (from Canberra) 20:12. And this is more than just winning a final. The most important thing you should know about sport in NZ is: We support two teams; first our national team, second, any team that plays against Australia. Only if Australia plays against England we support Australia.

The Super 14 triumph was followed by the most terrible loss: Crusaders coach Robbie Deans left for Australia to become new Wallabies coach (national rugby team). Instead of giving him the All Blacks job we had to keep on living with this loser Graham Henry, and Robbie Deans will transform the Wallabies into the best team of the world. To be fair, it will not only be his effort. It is also the fact that an incredible lot of All Blacks players leave NZ for the sake of earning a lot of money in European clubs. Obviously nobody wants the best Aussies!? What is this?

BTW Robbie Deans has not only written rugby history, winning five titles as the coach of the Crusaders and two as the manager. His name is also closely linked to the history of Christchurch. His ancestors were among the early settlers, buildings Dean’s Cottage, sitting next to Riccarton House in Dean’s (Riccarton) Bush – the only place where you still find original native bush in the middle of the city. For this historic reason the new stand in AMI Stadium (formerly Lancaster Park, Jade Stadium - what will be the next name?...) has been named Deans Stand shortly before Robbie's departure for Australia. You can be sure all rugby fans will only refer to it for honouring Robbie's success :-)

Update 8 Feb 2010

I admit, the Crusaders had no good season last year. But now Daniel Carter is back, and you will see... I hope LOL

Update 19 Jan 2012

In the meantime the All Blacks have finally won the Rugby World Cup - and the Crusaders wrote history despite not winning the Super 15 title last year. Due to the earthquakes which damaged AMI Stadium and liquefied the ground, they had to play all but the first home game away, one even in London (UK). They were on the road resp. on airplanes the whole season and still reached the final against the Reds in Queensland. In this final they finally ran out of steam. But still it was a phenonemal success and in fact one of the greatest achievements in the history of team sports.

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  • Updated Jan 18, 2012
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