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Crusaders are fighting for a reputation and the title of Super Rugby is hoping for claims



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OPINION: On any other week, the rugby media would have reported which part, if any, Richie Mo and George Bridge had played in Crusaders training.

This was not an ordinary week. So forget the above.

Journalists and camera operators are usually invited to Parc Rugby in Christchurch to collect pictures of the final stages of the Crusaders exercise, followed by interviews with an assistant coach and player.

There was no access on Tuesday. There were more serious topics to discuss. The update was about injuries and how the Crusaders are hoping to bowl the Blues after their 19-frustrated picture against the Stormers in Cape Town last weekend so much relevance to newsrooms with stuck cats t up trees.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson will be hoping his players can ignore the plays from the field before their next match against the Bues.

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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson will be hoping his players can ignore the plays from the field before their next match against the Bues.

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Allegations of misconduct during the recent South African tour threaten to threaten the Crusaders brand.

It was claimed that Mo unga had been involved in an event in a bar in Pretoria, and Bridge was one of a small group of players to accuse him – the claims are unfounded – from customer abuse in fast food McDonald's in Cape Town.

So instead of guiding in the media to watch and film the training, the Crusaders set up Colin Mansbridge's chief executive to feed the media chefs, so to speak, to explain why Mo would not be united and Bridge are rejected and how its organization was going to deal with these claims.

Instead of making it inside the location, which is where interviews are usually held, Mansbridge asked his inquiry to be held outside the front doors of the venue where there was no sign of Super Rugby champions logos than their sponsors brand.

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Colin Mansbridge says he has spoken to players and staff involved in the events in South Africa.

While Mansbridge spent about 16 minutes answering questions from the media, Crusaders players could be seen breaking out into the training ground in the background.

Anyone guesses what they did, but it was unlikely to have been an intensive session.

Given that the team had arrived back to New Zealand just before midnight on Monday, coach Scott Robertson would have told his team about the opening match for Saturday night and asked his men to flush. 39 the joists and start to recover from the jet-weak.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said his players rejected claims of misconduct in South Africa.

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Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said his players rejected claims of misconduct in South Africa.

His players could get rid of the distractions from the field of their minds being more complicated; even the hardening benefits can get it difficult to push negative thoughts of the aside.

When the massacre occurred at Christchurch on March 15, the Crusaders and Highlanders chose not to play in Dunedin.

The following weekend the Crusaders appeared from the public debate about whether they should change their name in the wake of the disaster, and confuse their way to a 20-12 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Now for the Blues, a four-sided competition competes outside the top eight. Crusaders are at the top of the trunk, and they seem impossible to stop.

But there is one dirty cloud on the horizon. Mansbridge said that a deadline had not been set for the inquiry to determine whether the claims can be confirmed in South Africa or otherwise.

In the last two years, the Crusaders have been able to overcome anything thrown on the field. They have two Super Rugby trophies to test.

Clearing the names of their players and maintaining their reputation, and the reputation of the club, will be at the forefront of everyone's minds. The sooner the better.

Because, who knows, their title hopes they could rely on it.

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