The Crusaders wear a red and black shirt for their home games with the emblem of the crusader brandishing his sword. The shirt has been donned by many of the cream in New Zealand rugby with perhaps the greatest in the modern era being Richie McCaw the awesome open side flanker who also skippered the All Blacks.
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The Crusaders (originally known as the Canterbury Crusaders) are a New Zealand Rugby Union team based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and representing the Nelson Bays, Marlborough, Buller, West Coast, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury unions.
|2012Super Rugby returned to Christchurch in 2012 at the temporary AMI Stadium, and the Crusaders turned in some solid performances at the business end of the season. Dispatching the Bulls in the quarter-final, they travelled to Hamilton to face the Chiefs in the Semi, but were out-gunned by the eventual winners, losing 20-17.||2011It was a remarkable year for the Crusaders, who were forced to play every one of their matches away from home following the Christchurch earthquakes which destroyed AMI Stadium. Despite the travel they qualified for the final, but it was one game too many for the exhausted kiwis, who went down to Queensland in Brisbane, 18-13.|
|2010On fire early in the season, the Crusaders ran out of steam as the competition neared the business end, losing three of their last four games and having to travel to South Africa for their semi-final. The arduous journey and a brutal Bulls side conspired to eliminate the Crusaders, the home-side winning the knock-out match 39-24||2005Finishing top of the table after the regular season, the Crusaders dispatched the Hurricanes in the semi-final, and hosted the NSW Waratahs in Christchurch for all the spoils. Although the Australians scored three late tries the Crusaders had built an insurmountable lead, comfortably claiming their fifth Super Rugby title 35-20.|
|2003After qualifying second following the round-robin phase, the Crusaders comprehensively beat the Hurricanes in Christchurch to book a spot in the final in Auckland against the Blues. Despite a brace of tries from hooker Mark Hammett the Blues were too good on the night, winning the final, and the title, 21-17.||2000Having won the title in 1998 and 1999, the Crusaders were trying to become the first team to win three consecutive titles as they contested the final in Canberra against the ACT Brumbies. In arctic-cold conditions, a gutsy effort, disciplined defence, and the boot of Andrew Merhtens saw the Crusaders home in a nail-biter, 20-19.|
The Crusaders play their home games at a temporary stadoum in Addington, the former Rugby League Park after their 36,500 stadium was destroyed in the 2011 Earthquake that struck the city. At the always packed new venue Crusaders on horseback parade round before kick off and the ramparts send up jets of fire whenever a score is made. In the year of the Eartquake the Cruasders could not play any games at home, even playing one fixture at Twickenham in England, they still though reach the final of the Super Rugby tournament in 2011, only to lose out to the Reds in Brisbane.
They compete in the Super 15 competition, which they won in its inaugural year having also won five of the 10 years in which it was known as the Super 12 (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005). In 2002, the Crusaders had a perfect season, winning all 11 games in the main body of the tournament, and then their semi-final and the final.