Todd Blackadder

Rugby
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.

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Career Highlights
1991

Made his playing debut for Canterbury

1993

Played at the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993

1995

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

1996

Part of the inaugural Crusaders team, becoming their captain

1997

Blackadder led Canterbury to its first NPC title in 14 years

1998

Lead the Crusaders to their first Super Rugby title in 1998

1999

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

2001

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

2005

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

2007

Blackadder coached Tasman in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup

2009

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

2016

Appointed Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby

2019

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

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