You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Crusaders to begin search for new coach

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/04/2016
Departing Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder. © Getty Images Departing Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.

The Crusaders have brought forward their search for a replacement for coach Todd Blackadder, who steps down at the end of the season after eight years in charge of the Super Rugby side.

The Christchurch-based franchise originally signalled that it would wait until the end of this year's competition to avoid making the appointment process a distraction.

But chief executive Hamish Riach says the board decided to start the process immediately as it believed the timing would be better for planning for next year.

He says that, after discussions with the coaching and management team, the board feels the risk of distraction can be managed.

Chairman Grant Jarrold says the process will be open and contestable.

"We want to allow the best opportunity for the best applicants to put themselves forward for this job," he said.

"We are also mindful of creating as much certainty as possible for those currently involved with the team."

Applications close on May 11.

The Crusaders are Super Rugby's most successful side, with seven titles.

They haven't added to that tally under Blackadder, although they have twice made the final.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon