There are few teams more adept than the Crusaders at spotting and converting a scoring opportunity, and the Super Rugby champions are hoping to hit pay dirt with an investment into rugby in the US.
According to stuff.co.nz, “the Canterbury Rugby Union and Crusaders have taken minority ownership stakes in the American professional rugby side, the Seattle Seawolves”.
“As the oldest rugby organisation in New Zealand we are excited to have secured a small stake in the future of professional rugby in the US,” said Canterbury chief Nathan Godfrey. “We look forward to sharing our expertise of developing some of the world’s best rugby players with the Seawolves.”
The Seawolves are one of seven teams that will contest the inaugural Major Rugby League, a three-month competition that is set to kick off in April.
The Crusaders are ostensibly interested in the potential dividends to be earned by getting in on the ground floor of a league launched in America’s massive sports market, and they will apparently look to expose that market to their brand by sending development players to the Seawolves.
The Seawolves will play their first MRL game at home on April 22 against San Diego Legion.