Super Rugby: Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar takes up boxing for good cause

Three months after helping the Crusaders defend their Super Rugby title, assistant coach Brad Mooar has a new sporting challenge.

He's donning the gloves and the headgear to go into the ring to raise money for charity, and he's got himself a fight name - 'The Sockburn Slugger'.

"I'm a bit like the crayfish without its shell, it's that uncomfortable to be honest," Moar told Newshub.

For three months, the rookie pugilist has learnt his craft, as he prepares for 'The Fight for Christchurch', where he'll take on a local city councillor.

"I'm not a bloke who walks around looking to be aggressive, so it will be an interesting night."

The boxing is one thing, but it's also a chance to raise some profile and funds for a charity that's doing some outstanding work.

That charity is Conductive Education - an early intervention programme for pre-schoolers. Mooar has seen first-hand what they do .

"I'm really keen to get to the $10,000 mark - we are at $6500 now.

Having helped guide the Crusaders to successive Super Rugby titles, Mooar knows that many of the players will now be watching his progress.

"They know it's on and they've let me they know it's on, so I just have to get the job done."

As for that nickname, it's throwback to his upbringing

"Born and raised in Sockburn - mum and dad still live in the house we grew up in.

"It's started to be taken over by other suburbs, so we are trying to revive Sockburn a bit."

The final countdown is on, with fight night next Saturday