We are also delighted to introduce Todd Blackadder, to the 2018 Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival.
An archetypal Canterbury son in the mould of legends who preceded him like Alex Wyllie, Tiny Hill, Dennis Young et al, Todd Blackadder has carved his own niche on the local rugby scene.
Born at Rangiora, the 12-Test All Black, who also captained the side, made 126 appearances in the national provincial championship for Canterbury over 12 seasons while he also made 71 appearances for the Crusaders captaining them to a hat-trick of Super Rugby title wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Blackadder was also a member of the first New Zealand Sevens team at the World Sevens Cup.
After a period playing professional rugby in Scotland where he captained the Edinburgh Gunners and made 41 appearances for the side, he started his coaching career in Scotland at both club and international level before returning to New Zealand as director of rugby, then coach, for the Tasman Union before moving into the Crusaders structure, initially as a assistant coach but then as head coach at the end of the 2008 campaign.
Head coach at the Crusaders for 8 years, Todd was involved in and oversaw the playing careers of a steady stream of outstanding players who successfully represented both their province and New Zealand. A well respected and knowledgeable player, captain and coach, Todd is looking forward to welcoming Golden Oldies Rugby players, officials and supporters to Canterbury-one of the strongest nurseries for outstanding rugby players.
“Looking forward to being at the Christchurch Golden Oldies Rugby Festival in April 2018. A great place to play rugby with enormous rugby traditions. You can all be assured of a great time and a wonderful experience.”
Todd is now the head coach of the English Premiership Side Bath.
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