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Meet the Crusaders class of 2019

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Thursday, December 13, 2018    allblacks.com    Getty Images

Whetu Douglas
DOB: 18/04/91
Position: Loose Forward
Mitre 10 Cup team: Canterbury
The scoop: A fulltime Investec Super Rugby contract has been a long time coming for powerful loose forward Whetu Douglas. In 2017, Douglas was impressive in six appearances for the Crusaders at No.8 in the place of an injured Kieran Read. A season playing for Pro 14 club Treviso soon followed before Douglas picked up a Crusaders contract for the 2019 season. A proven leader and tireless worker, Douglas is a traditional style No.8 who runs the ball hard, tackles strongly and gets stuck into all the physical aspects of the game. 

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Leicester Faingaanuku
DOB: 11/10/99
Position: Wing
Mitre 10 Cup team: Tasman
The scoop: There’s no doubting that Leicester Faingaanuku is one of the most exciting newcomers to be named in the Super Rugby class of 2019. At 1.88cm and 109kg with pace to burn, Faingaanuku is in a similar mould to legendary Crusaders flyers of the past Marika Vunibaka and Nemani Nadolo. A prolific try-scorer in age-group and schools rugby, Faingaanuku will be keen to showcase his finishing prowess and game-breaking ability on the Super Rugby stage in 2019.

Harrison Allan
DOB: 07/05/97
Position: Prop
Mitre 10 Cup team: Canterbury
The scoop: The 2019 Investec Super Rugby season is set to be a huge development opportunity for young prop Harrison Allan. With All Blacks front rowers Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Tim Perry and Codie Taylor in the Crusaders squad, Allan will soak up plenty of knowledge and experience from the international stars around him. Still a youngster at just 21-years-old, Allan has already proven himself as a formidable front-rower and will be hoping to add to his two Crusaders caps secured in 2018.
Brett Cameron
DOB: 04/10/96
Position: First five-eighth
Mitre 10 Cup team: Canterbury
The scoop: Brett Cameron is one of the rare players to play for the All Blacks before picking up a fulltime Super Rugby contract. The diminutive pivot controlled the ship superbly for Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup and was rewarded with an All Blacks cap against Japan and a first Super Rugby contract for the Crusaders. A superb tactician and pin point goal kicker, Cameron will provide solid support for the Crusaders behind the proven class of Richie Mo’unga.

Ngane Punavai
DOB: 30/08/98
Position: Centre/Wing
Mitre 10 Cup team: Canterbury
The scoop: Dynamic mid-fielder Ngane Punivai has risen through the ranks in the Canterbury system over the last few seasons. First catching the eye as a schoolboy star for Christs College in 2016, Punivai has since impressed in age-grade teams and for Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup. At 1.91cm and 100kg, Punivai offers a strong presence in the midfield and has the ability to also cover wing with a deceptive turn of pace.