Crusaders team up with Colorado

Date published: September 10 2014

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Canterbury and the Crusaders have linked up with Colorado State University in the United States to run a development camp this month.

Canterbury Rugby and the Crusaders have teamed up with Colorado State University in the United States to run a development camp later this month.

The event, running from 19-21 September at the University Campus in Fort Collins, is set to see Crusaders assistant Tabai Matson attending.

Aspiring American rugby players and coaches are invited to the camp, with Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach thrilled about promoting the game in the US.

“Rugby has been growing in popularity in the US since rugby sevens became an Olympic sport. The All Blacks playing a match in Chicago later this year will also help to grow interest in the sport. It is a great time for us to be building connections over there and helping to foster some young talent,” Mr Riach told sanzarrugby.com.

Matson added: “It will be great to get over there and work with some young elite talent. It is nice to see it growing in popularity and I've no doubt that the players and coaches at this camp will be as passionate about the game as we are.

“We will be covering all aspects of professional rugby, from what it takes off the field to be a professional athlete to the skills that are needed on the field to succeed, based on Crusaders principles and methodologies. I'm honoured to be attending as a guest coach and I'm sure there will be plenty for me to take out of it as well.”

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