Todd Blackadder gets extra help at Crusaders

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 10:18 21/09/2012
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Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder is getting another coaching assistant with an attack coach to be appointed for the 2013 campaign.

The Crusaders announced a new coaching structure today after an extensive review into this year's season which ended with another semifinal finish, losing to eventual champions the Chiefs 20-17.

The coaching team will increase from three coaches to four.

All three current Crusaders coaches will be retained in the new structure, with Blackadder remaining the head coach, Dave Hewett continuing as assistant forwards coach and Daryl Gibson taking up the responsibility for team defence.

The new attack coach position is yet to be filled and will be advertised externally this week.

Blackadder said this new structure was critical to moving the team forward.

 "One of the areas that the coaches identified as needing more of a specialised focus in future is our defence and attack play," Blackadder said.

"The reality is that the modern game has evolved to the point where the degree of information, analysis and coaching needs of the players require specialised attention as opposed to simply a generic backs coach. That is why we are moving to having coaches that will have defence and attack as their primary responsibility."

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said the review had identified ways to improve.

"At the end of any season we conduct a thorough review of what worked, what didn't work, and what we will do differently next time,"

"While we are very proud of the team for making the playoffs once again this year, we all want to do even better than that next year. So we've been taking a long, hard look at where our performance this season could have been improved and approached all possible changes with an open mind. 

 "This is one of the changes that the coaches, management and board all believe will put us in the best possible position to maximise our performance in 2013."

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