Todd Blackadder
About Todd
Todd Blackadder is a legend in Crusaders land and has played a major role in creating one of the most successful sporting dynasties in world sport.

With a 14-year playing career highlighted by representing the All Blacks in 12 test matches, captaining them in all but one of those tests.

After 71 games and three Super Rugby Titles with the Crusaders along with 126 games and two titles with the Canterbury NPC side, Todd took up a contract with Edinburgh in Scotland to finish his distinguished playing career.

When his playing career came to an end, he took up a coaching role with Edinburgh before returning to New Zealand in 2007 to accept an assistant coaching position with the Crusaders and Director of Rugby role with the Tasman Rugby.

In 2009, he took the helm of the Crusaders as head coach of the franchise who continued to be highly successful on and off the field. Todd then relocated to Bath Rugby as the Director of Rugby and is currently Head Coach of Japanese Top League side Toshiba.

Career Highlights



Made his playing debut for Canterbury



Played at the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993



Selected for the All Blacks in 1995 & made his test debut against England in Dunedin



Part of the inaugural Crusaders team, becoming their captain



Blackadder led Canterbury to its first NPC title in 14 years



Lead the Crusaders to their first Super Rugby title in 1998



1999 & 2000 – back to back Super Rugby winners, making the Crusaders the most successful franchise in Super Rugby history



Departing New Zealand at the end of 2001, he joined Scottish side Edinburgh Gunners. Blackadder would also move into a coaching role with the side



Named as assistant forwards coach of Scotland’s first foreign head coach Matt Williams, he then became the forwards coach of the Edinburgh Gunners under Frank Hadden before Hadden replaced Williams and Blackadder was named as Edinburgh’s head coach for the remainder of the 2005 season



Blackadder coached Tasman in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup



Named as the new head coach ahead of the 2009 Super 14 Rugby Season. 2009 – 2016; head coach of the Crusaders



Appointed Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby



Appointed head coach of the Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Japanese Top League
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