Todd Blackadder

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Todd Blackadder
Full name Todd Smith Blackadder
Date of birth (1971-09-20) 20 September 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Rangiora, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
School Rangiora High School
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union footballer
Rugby coach
Director of Rugby
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
New Zealand No. 947
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–04 Edinburgh Rugby 41 [1] (15)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1990-2001 Canterbury 126 (171)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2001 Crusaders 71 (40)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995–2000 New Zealand 12 (5)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
Edinburgh Gunners (asst.)

Todd Smith Blackadder (born 20 September 1971 in Rangiora) is a former professional New Zealand rugby union player and professional rugby coach. He served as Director of Rugby for the Tasman Rugby Union before being appointed to succeed Robbie Deans as coach of Super Rugby team the Crusaders.[1] His nickname is "Toddy".


He played for the All Blacks 25 times, including 14 as captain. He also played for the Crusaders at lock. Among his achievements as a player were captaincy of the New Zealand All Blacks, the Crusaders Super 12 team, and the Canterbury provincial team. He also played 9 games for Nelson Bays in 1990. He then continued to play professionally, in Scotland as the captain of the Edinburgh Gunners. First played for Woodend, near Rangiora which kicked off his Rugby Union career. He also played 7's for New Zealand in the inaugural world cup held at Murrayfield.


He was the first assistant forwards coach of Scotland's first foreign head coach Matt Williams, and became the forwards coach of the Edinburgh Gunners under Frank Hadden. He now serves as the Director of Rugby for the Tasman Rugby Union in the National Provincial Championship. He was also part of the coaching team for the Crusaders.[2] In October 2007 he was appointed coach of the Tasman Makos for the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup.[3] Blackadder was appointed to become coach of the Crusaders on 23 July 2008.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackadder confirmed as Crusaders coach". 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Toddy named to assist Crusaders coaching". Radio New Zealand. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Rugby: Blackadder to coach Tasman". 26 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Taine Randell
All Blacks Captain
Succeeded by
Anton Oliver