While their performance on the field was mediocre in their error-ridden win over the Reds, the Crusaders certainly looked sharp, in commemorative jerseys created to raise funds for St John’s and their ongoing support of community rugby.
The jerseys, which embraced Canterbury Rugby’s traditional red and black hoops, and featured the St John’s logo next to the Crusaders’ emblem, were signed by the players who wore each respective shirt, and placed on Trademe. With less than 36 hours to go, interest is keen, with bidding on key players’ shirts, including Richie McCaw ($1676 at time of writing), Dan Carter ($1030), and Zac Guildford ($1100), being keenly contested.
St John’s has been a proud supporter of community rugby in New Zealand for over 120 years, and provides assistance at approx. 1400 rugby events around the country each year.
St John’s is one of the Crusaders’ ‘Gold Charities’, and receives priority support from the franchise, so it was fitting that the Crusaders’ latest ‘Community Crusader’, Rachel Cooper, is also a St John’s Event volunteer.
For the record, the Crusaders won a tight battle, 15-11.
Check out the shirts on Trademe – http://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/rugby-league/apparel/jerseys/auction-472384482.htm