Robertson backs Crusaders decision to change its name
March 19, 2019 12:50 pm
New Zealand sports minister Grant Robertson has backed the decision by the Crusaders super rugby franchise to consider a name change.
The Christchurch shootings have prompted discussion over whether the franchise’s name, which is linked to the Crusades against Muslims in the 11th to 13th centuries should remain.
The Crusaders logo depicts a medieval knight swinging a sword, while horsemen often ride into the Christchurch stadium ahead of matches dressed as medieval knights.
The Crusaders have said they will discuss the matter with the Muslim community and Robertson says that’s appropriate but he won’t say whether the name should be changed.
Meanwhile, Blues take on Highlanders at 6.35pm Friday.
On Saturday, Waratahs battle Crusaders at 8.45pm, Sunwolves to meet Lions at 10.55pm.
On Sunday, Bulls play Chiefs at 1.05am while Sharks to take on Rebels at 3.15am.