Condition: - 8/10 – Excellent. Some light wear to the main sponsor
Shirt Size: - Adults Medium
Chest Measurement: - 39-41 Inches / 100-107 CM
Shirt Manufacturer: - Adidas
Shirt Colour: - Red, black trim
Shirt Material: - Polyester
Seasons: - 2001 & 2002
Player: - N/A
Patches: - Super 12
Official Adidas Crusaders home rugby shirt from the 2001/2002 seasons.
Condition of this vintage rugby shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Some light wear to the main sponsor (see photos).
All size and manufacturers labels present (see photos). Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
After winning three consecutive Super 12 titles, the Crusaders finished tenth in 2001 – their worst finish since 1996. The season was the last for captain Todd Blackadder before he left to play for Edinburgh in Scotland.
The Crusaders bounced back dramatically in 2002 when they went through the Super 12 season unbeaten, achieving their fourth title. Although the Crusaders won all eleven of their round-robin matches, six of them were won by a margin of seven points or less. Their eleven round-robin games also included a record 96–19 win over the Waratahs in the final match of the round-robin stage, which was especially noteworthy given that both teams finished at the top of the table.
The Crusaders met the Highlanders in their 2002 semi-final, which they eventually won 34–23 after being ahead 18–6 at half time. The following week, they faced the Brumbies in the first final to be hosted at Jade Stadium. The Brumbies trailed 11–3 after the first half, having had only 30 per cent possession. Although the Brumbies closed the gap to 14–13 with eight minutes to go, the Crusaders held on and steadied to win 31–13 with a last-minute try to Caleb Ralph. The season was their first under the captaincy of Reuben Thorne, who went on to captain the All Blacks until the end of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.