WELLINGTON The Canterbury Crusaders have dealt with tragedy before, playing their 2011 season on the road after an earthquake flattened much of Christchurch, but Saturday's home game against ACT Brumbies is likely to be the most emotion-charged in their history.
WELLINGTON For 23 years the name Crusaders was a source of nothing but pride in Christchurch, the uncontroversial identity of a franchise that claims, with some justification, to be the most successful non-national professional rugby team in the world.
WELLINGTON An injury to All Blacks captain Kieran Read, who was forced off halfway through his comeback match, soured the Canterbury Crusaders' comfortable 32-8 victory over the Wellington Hurricanes on Friday.
WELLINGTON David Havili capitalised on Hurricanes' errors to score two tries as the Crusaders recorded a comfortable victory in a stop-start Super Rugby match on Friday.
WELLINGTON The Canterbury Crusaders are open to discussing a potential name change following mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people.
WELLINGTON Warren Gatland's third Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales at the weekend only served to fuel speculation about his future after the World Cup with the New Zealander now boasting a coaching CV that makes him a serious contender for the All Blacks job.
WELLINGTON All Blacks captain Kieran Read has urged his fellow New Zealanders to reject bigotry and support the country's Muslim community after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
WELLINGTON, March 17 All Blacks captain Kieran Read has urged New Zealanders to reject bigotry and support the country's Muslim community after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
WELLINGTON A raft of top class sporting events were canceled in New Zealand on Saturday as a traumatized nation started burying the dead from the worst peacetime mass killing in its history.
WELLINGTON A Super Rugby match between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders scheduled for Saturday has been canceled after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday killed 49 people.