Christchurch City Council staff had discussions with Crusaders management about hosting a parade to acknowledge the team’s achievement, but unfortunately the team is about to disperse and a significant number of key players are assembling with the All Blacks from Tuesday.
Crusaders Chief Executive Colin Mansbridge said while the team would’ve loved one last chance to celebrate with their fans, logistics and timing meant it was “just not possible”.
“It was fantastic to see so many fans at Christchurch Airport on Sunday to welcome the boys home. While a parade would have been great, it just won’t be possible with our guys dispersing from Tuesday,” ” Mr Mansbridge says.
“We can’t thank fans from across our provinces enough for their support throughout the ’23 season and can’t wait to do it all again in 2024.”
The Crusaders are looking at options in the coming days to display the Super Rugby Pacific trophy publicly.
Mayor Phil Mauger said the game on Saturday night was simply outstanding.
“It’s a shame we won’t get the opportunity to thank the team, management and support staff with a victory parade but the whole region is mightily proud of them all.”