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Get ready for The Jungle – the ultimate Crusaders’ experience is here

As proud partners of the BNZ Canterbury Crusaders for a fifth season, UC and the Cantab Club are stoked to announce the first Student Experience game for 2019.

Join your fellow Cantabs for round 4 of the super rugby competition for the ultimate fan experience in ‘The Jungle’ as the Crusaders host the Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium.

We want to send you and four of your mates to the game for FREE – to be in to win, check out the @ucnz Instagram from tomorrow (Friday 1 March).

Missed out on tix? No worries! Here’s what you need to know to be there on the night:

  • Who: You!
  • When: Saturday 8 March 2.30 – 8pm
  • What: Crusaders vs. Chiefs
  • Where: ‘The Jungle’ at Christchurch Stadium by way of The Foundry
  • How much: $15 for members / $18 or non-members (+booking fee)

But tickets are limited, so get in quick!


UC Graduates announced in Super Rugby Squads for 2019

A big congratulations to all current and students and graduates who have made Super Rugby teams  

Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan have been named as two new outside backs into the 2019 Crusaders squad.

Current student Reed Prinsep, who is currently studying Commerce and Law, will be playing for the Hurricanes next season.

The University of Canterbury has a proud history of producing high quality graduates and Crusaders star Ben Funnell and Luke Whitelock are no exception.

Crusaders hooker Funnell is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, and will be playing for the Crusaders next season, while Whitelock completed a Bachelor of Commerce in management and will be back playing for the Highlanders in 2019.

Whitelock will be joined by James Lentjes who is a BSc graduate. Matt Mould’s another BSc graduate will be playing for the Blues next season.

Funnell, who majored in accounting and taxation, says he chose to study at UC because of the ability to have a good balance of study and sport.

“I saw Christchurch as having a good environment for sport and also the academic side at Canterbury – there was a good life balance between sport, studies and student life.”

“It has opened up a different way of thinking when you come to look at different problems. You have background knowledge and you have an advantage over people when you have that background.”

Funnell’s advice to students is to make sure you know what you want to do when planning a degree.

“Make sure that you have a good study/life balance and base your degree around what your dream job would be,” says Funnell.


Crusaders triumph shared with SPCO students

Congratulations to the UC Sport Coaching students and graduates who were this year involved with the Crusaders across their Performance Analysis and Strength & Conditioning areas.

These guys have taken advantage of the opportunity to intern with a successful franchise, and are primed to continue succeeding in the future.

Pictured with the Super Rugby Trophy are (L-R) Vaea Peterson (SPCO – PA, Year 3 Student 2018), Oliver O’Connell (SPCO – PA, Graduate 2017), Hamish Dewar (SPCO – PA / S&C, Graduate 2017) and Arran Hodge (SPCO – PA, Graduate 2016).

2016 Graduate Arran Hodge has been also been the performance analyst of the Canterbury Tactix and the Black Ferns, and will be aiding the latter in the test series against Australia later this month.

2017 Graduate Oliver O’Connell’s next adventure will take him to the United States for his Graduate Assistant position as performance analyst/video coordinator with The Ohio State Men’s College basketball team.