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Fans Slate New Crusaders Logo

The Crusaders unveiled their new logo earlier today, but in a bid to please people they seem to have managed to annoy more fans than before

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Earlier today the Crusaders confirmed that after a long review they will keep their name but change their logo for the foreseeable future, however, it seems to have back-fired.

The review was ordered following the Christchurch shooting earlier in the year, with many stating that the name of the Super Rugby franchise was tied with the religious wars during the 10th and 13th century. 

However, the review results were released today, with the current three-time Super Rugby champions announcing that they would keep their name but change their logo from a knight to a stylised C. 

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge claimed that the logo was a symbol for the landscape that the franchise covers. 

“The Tohu (symbol) is shaped by our natural landscape which stretches from the top of the Southern Alps to the depths of our moana. Taking the form of the letter ‘C’ but expressed in a way that is unique to us. It nods to our legacy while moving us forward,” he said. 

Although despite his attempted explanation fans have hit out at the logo saying how poor the design is. 

The logo will certainly be used in the franchise’s marketing, but as of the time of writing it is unclear whether or not it will be on next season’s jerseys which are yet to be revealed. 

The Crusaders open up their Super Rugby season on the 1st of February, but before then it appears as though the backlash to their latest change will continue, especially if it features on the jersey. 

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Reds Tie-Down Flying Winger

The Queensland Reds have confirmed that one of their star men has signed a new contract with the franchise after becoming eligible for the Wallabies this year

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Fijian winger has put pen to paper on a new deal with the Queensland Reds in what is also a boost to the Australian national team.

The 24-year-old has been at the Reds since 2016 and has become eligible for the Wallabies due to his three-year stay and he has now committed to the club for another four-years.

His deal with the team runs until 2023, meaning he could feature for Australia at the Rugby World Cup that year if he can break into the squad in the meantime and he is delighted to be staying on. 

“I’m very happy to stay at Queensland. I’ve got a lot of good friends here. We’ve developed strong bonds together. We’re a big family at the Reds and I want to be a part of future success here,” he said. 

The former goalkeeper turned rugby star spent a long-period of last season on the sidelines with a broken arm and head coach Brad Thorn is excited to have him in the squad for the foreseeable future. 

“It’s great to see Filipo Daugunu stay in Queensland for another four years. He’s an amazing athlete. He’s powerful and has great agility. Filipo’s attacking ability has come a long way, but his biggest improvement has been his work in defence. Filipo’s come through the NRC with Queensland Country and continues to contribute to our program,” he said

Daugunu has played well for the Reds when available, finishing as their top try-scorer in the 2018 season and he will be hoping that he can have a similar impact in the 2020 Super Rugby season as he looks to impress new Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie.

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Rugby Australia Snap Up Fijian NRL Star

Rugby Australia have confirmed the signing of one of the most exciting Rugby League players on the planet

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Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds have announced the signing of Fijian NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu from Melbourne Storm.

The flying-winger has put pen to paper on a two-year deal which comes into effect in 2021, which will see him join the Reds in Super Rugby and switch back to Rugby Union. 

Speaking on the massive coup Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson is delighted that Vunivalu has signed up and is looking forward to what he can bring to the table. 

“This is a very good signing for Australian Rugby and the Reds. Suliasi was a standout schoolboy rugby player. He is an elite finisher with a lot of big-game experience for a young man and will have an immediate impact for the Reds in 2021 and put himself right in the frame for higher honours. He is one player we have been looking at very closely this year with the skillset we are looking for in the outside backs. He has been working in a great environment at the Storm and has chosen a future in rugby, so it is a great result for the game,” he said. 

The 24-year-old has been playing for Storm since 2016, and played in consecutive Grand Finals between 2016 and 2018, scoring a record-breaking number of tries in his first two seasons and currently having 72 tries in 94 appearances for the club. 

He will hope to add to that total over his final campaign with the club, while on the international stage he has 12 tries in only eight appearances for Fiji. 

He also played in New Zealand when he was younger for the Auckland Blues, before making the move to Storm and league at 18. 

It is a major boost for both the Super Rugby franchise and the Wallabies and if he can bring his league form to the union stage it could be something special.

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Crusaders Star Out for Start of Season

The Crusaders have confirmed that much like the Blues and the Hurricanes that they will not have a full compliment of players come the start of the Super Rugby season due to injury

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The Crusaders have confirmed that up and coming back-rower Ethan Blackadder will miss at least the early stages of the 2020 Super Rugby season through injury.

Blackadder, who has only seven appearances for the reigning champions, dislocated his shoulder during the Mitre 10 Cup this year and will require surgery to amend the problem.

Although at 24 it seems as though seven appearances is not much, Blackadder has been smashing it while in the Mitre 10 Cup and during his showings for the Crusaders, but has been up against the likes of Kieran Read, Whetu Douglas, Jordan Taufua and Tom Sanders for a place in the pack.

This season was seen as a potential breakthrough one for the versatile forward, who can line-out at blindside-flanker or No 8, and is expected to be capped by the All Blacks once he gets a run at the top level.

However, he will have to wait a little longer for his chance to shine due to the injury.

The worrying part for him is that despite Read leaving the franchise, Cullen Grace, Ethan Roots and Sione Havili have all come in and will look to impress in his absence.

The hope will be that he can get back as soon as possible to stake his claim for a starting spot. His injury is the latest announced by a New Zealand-based Super Rugby side ahead of the new season with both the Blues and the Hurricanes confirming that Bayden Wardlaw and Ardie Savea will miss the season’s opening for their respective sides.

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