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Blackadder to coach Crusaders

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 22 Jul 2008 at 09:58
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Crusaders legend Todd Blackadder and his former teammate Mark Hammett will replace Wallaby coach Robbie Deans as the franchise’s Super 14 coaches.

RugbyHeaven NZ  reports that the pair, who are expected to be assisted by another former Crusader, Daryl Gibson, edged out Hurricanes assistant coach Aussie McLean for the job.

Blackadder is the Tasman coach while Hammett was Deans’ assistant this year.

Blackadder went to Scotland after the 2001 NPC and played for the Edinburgh Reivers. He also helped coach the forwards there under current Scotland head coach Frank Hadden and also assisted Australian Matt Williams in a similar capacity with the Scottish national team at the 2003 World Cup.

After Hadden got the national job, Blackadder took over as Edinburgh’s head coach in the Celtic league in his final year in Scotland. He was the Crusaders lineout coach last year.

Blackadder played 71 games for the Crusaders and 128 matches for Canterbury. He captained the All Blacks in 10 of his 12 Tests.


  • I See the Kiwi’s waste no time in announcing their teams.

    Kiwis to Play Aussies.
    Mils Muliaina, Anthony Tuitavake, Richard Kahui, Ma’a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Daniel Carter, Andy Ellis, Jerome Kaino, Daniel Braid/Richie McCaw, Rodney So’oialo, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.

    Reserves: Keven Mealamu, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Sione Lauaki, Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald, Conrad Smith -

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.08 10:07:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : What on earth could be a good reason to waste time announcing a squad?? Not even if you are not 100% sure about a players availibility, like McCaw, as seen with Henry’s team. :???:

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.08 10:14:44 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • What next, Mr Bean to coach the Sharks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.08 10:35:46 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 3) :

    No he is coaching the Crusaders already.

    We’ll have to settle for Baldrick :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.08 10:38:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :
    Just as long as he (Baldrick) isnt already coaching the Sharks? :!: or is he?
    Nursie to be a cheerleader.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.08 10:54:40 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • Hi KSA – welcome back. Did you have a good trip to SA?

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.08 10:55:36 by Nessa Reply

    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • @Nessa (Comment 6) :

    Hi Nessa

    Yip, a good time was had by all :cool:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.08 18:20:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Wallabies skipper Stirling Mortlock has been ruled out of the opening Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Sydney on Saterday, after he failed to recover from concussion.

    (from 365)

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.08 18:31:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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