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Nadolo And Saukuru Awarded

Flying Fijians utility backline player Nemani Nadolo and former Fiji 7s player William Saukuru were among the award recipients during the annual Canterbury and Crusaders rugby awards night. The evening
12 Dec 2014 14:36
Nadolo And  Saukuru Awarded

Flying Fijians utility backline player Nemani Nadolo and former Fiji 7s player William Saukuru were among the award recipients during the annual Canterbury and Crusaders rugby awards night.

The evening has seen some of the region’s top and emerging talent recognised. Nadolo received the Crusaders rookie of the year award while Saukuru received the men’s sevens player of the year.

Canterbury Rugby and Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach expressed his congratulations to all of the awards recipients and said the evening had been a great celebration of success.

“This is the chance for our players, coaches, staff, sponsors and volunteers, to come together and enjoy an evening of celebration and reflection on the year.

“As is usually the case in sport, there were highs and lows throughout the year, but overall we have finished this year in good heart and with much to be proud of,”

The evening also marked a significant milestone for Todd Blackadder – 100 games as Crusaders Head Coach. New Zealand Rugby presented Blackadder with a mere, and the Crusaders presented him with a framed Crusaders Rugby jersey signed by the 2014 squad.

Blackadder said he was unaware until after the 2014 Investec Super Rugby Final that it was his 100th game as coach.

“It’s not the sort of thing you think to keep count of as a coach, so I was pretty surprised to learn from the team after the final that it had been my 100th.

“Obviously a different result would have made for a better celebration, but it is still something to feel proud of. I’ve enjoyed my hundred so far and I’m looking forward to a few more yet,” Blackadder said.

Only three other New Zealand Super Rugby coaches – Robbie Deans, Ian Foster and Colin Cooper – have reached this milestone. Blackadder also has 100 caps to his name as a player for the Canterbury team and is a former Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks captain.

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