May 17, 2007
On behalf of the 2007 Crusaders team and management, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and enthusiasm you have provided throughout the 12th Crusade.
No one is more disappointed than the players and management staff that we were unable to make the final, but we remain proud – both of the effort and commitment that everyone has shown to the cause throughout the campaign – and also of the people that we represent.
The Crusaders have, and always will be, a special team.
It is an honour and a privilege to wear the jersey and represent the people of the franchise. This is something we, as players, will never ever take lightly.
As with all campaigns, there have been some special moments and some great memories.
Even in defeat, I was proud of the way the team collectively held its head high, and humbled by the genuine nature of the Pretoria crowd’s post-match reaction to us.
It reinforced, even at a time when we had not achieved the outcome we were seeking, why the Crusaders are such a great team to play for.
To Jacko [Chris Jack], Johnny [Johnny Leo’o] and Azz [Aaron Mauger], thanks for the memories guys. You are all Crusaders legends, and the place won’t seem the same without you, but we wish you well in your futures beyond the Crusaders next year.
Despite their departure, a lot of talented young players have been introduced to the side this year, with their being nine new Crusaders in all.
This should stand us all in good stead moving forward, and make the 13th Crusade one for us all to look forward to.
Crusaders captain 2007