Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders scrap knights from pre-match entertainment - report

Expect a slightly different look to the Crusaders match-day entertainment, when they return home for the first time since the Christchurch terrorist attack.

The two-time defending Super Rugby champions host the Brumbies on Saturday week and while the exact changes are yet to be decided, the sword-wielding knights will reportedly be scrapped.

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge told Stuff the traditional form of entertainment wasn't appropriate at this stage.

"For this particular game, given it's the first game since the terrorist attack, the horses are unlikely to be there," he said.

"It's not unequivocal yet, but they're unlikely to be there and the game will reflect the occasion."

While the horses will be ditched for the trans-Tasman clash on April 6, the Crusaders pre-match ritual for the rest of the season will be discussed at a later date.

"This game will be different than our last game... what we're not sure about is going forward," Mansbridge told Stuff.

The Crusaders name has been hotly debated - both for and against a change -
since mosque shootings claimed the lives of 50 people in Christchurch.

Mansbridge told Stuff to expect a slow process on any decision, with discussions scheduled with local Muslim communities next week.

"We are working hard on it. We've started early engagement with various groups and we expect within the next short period - probably a week to 10 days - to be able to communicate a more broad process."


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