April 19, 2021
Super rugby champions, the Crusaders are excited to meet Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika in the extended Super Rugby competition from 2022.
Crusaders Coach Scott Robertson and halfback Mitchell Drummond in an interview with Radio NZ threw their support behind the move to include the two Pacific franchises.
"It’s a start of a new chapter for New Zealand Rugby and these teams get to buy in and bring their own little bit of culture in.”
"Playing in Fiji as well, that’s tough, the heat. It’s just another aspect to Super Rugby so we’re really excited about it," Robertson said.
Drummond who played his 100th Super rugby match against the Chiefs shared similar sentiments.
"It’s been spoken about a little bit for the last couple of years but to hear it’s more than likely going to happen is really exciting.”
"The flair that the Pacific Island teams and people play [with] is great for our game. We’ve all seen what those boys can do with the ball so I think it’s going to provide a lot of exciting rugby moving forward."
All Blacks legend Sir Bryan Williams said the announcement that Super Rugby was finally opening its doors to the Pacific Islands ended a quarter of a century of frustration, and opened up a whole world of anticipation.
He expects Pacific talent to be on display right from the get-go-both on the field and in the coaches' box - and hopes to take some of that back to the islands as soon as possible.
By Romeka Romena