The Brazilian Rugby Union (Confederação Brasileira de
Rugby - CBRu), the Crusaders Franchise Limited, and the Canterbury Rugby
Football Union (CRFU) are pleased to announce the signing of a 2012-2017
agreement whereby the Crusaders and the CRFU will make available to CBRu a
number of qualified full-time trainers and visiting coaches to assist the
planning and execution of CBRu’s high performance programme. This will include the identification and
training of athletes and their preparation for international tournaments with a
view to building competitive teams at Rio 2016 and beyond.
The President of the Brazilian Rugby Union stated that
“Brazil has the ambition to join a selected group comprised of the best rugby
teams in the world, as well as to create competitive teams for Rio 2016 and to
qualify for a Rugby World Cup.
are focused on the
longer term. The country has
successfully build competitive teams in every collective sport and rugby will
not be an exception to the rule. H
support is a vital ingredient for success and sustainability.
We are extremely pleased with the
Crusaders/CRFU alliance and are eager to learn the
key physical, mental,
personal and professional skills required to build successful rugby players.
Hamish Riach, CEO of the Crusaders and CRFU, said the
CBRu has some ambitious goals which the Crusaders and CRFU are
excited to be contributing towards. “We are looking forward to working with
the CBRu to help develop its high performance programme. Its aims to be
competitive at Rio 2016 and to make progress towards fielding a Rugby
World Cup team in the future are admirable, and we applaud
CBRu’s long-term approach. Helping with the development of
high performance rugby in Brazil can only be positive for rugby
The Crusaders are a New Zealand professional rugby
union team based in Christchurch that competes in the Super Rugby
competition. CRFU is the province that
contributes the majority of players to the Crusaders and has won a record
equaling 4 National provincial titles in a row from 2008-2011. The Crusaders are the most successful team in
Super Rugby history with seven titles.
CBRu is the Rugby Union of Brazil, a member of CONSUR
and the IRB, as well as affiliated with the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Currently, CBRu accounts for 10,000 players
approximately, 10% of which are women players.
CBRu wish to combine the Brazilian Rugby culture with proven practices
and methodologies from the Crusaders/CRFU organisation.