Todd Blackadder

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Todd Blackadder
Birth nameTodd Julian Blackadder
Date of birth (1971-09-20) 20 September 1971 (age 47)
Place of birthRangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)
SchoolRangiora High School
Occupation(s)Professional rugby union footballer
Rugby coach
Director of Rugby
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
All Black No. 947
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001–04 Edinburgh 41 [1] (15)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1990-01 Canterbury 126 (171)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–01 Crusaders 71 (40)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–00 New Zealand 12 (5)
Teams coached
Years Team
Edinburgh Gunners (assistant)

Todd 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".


Blackadder 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.

Blackadder 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.


Blackadder 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.

Blackadder was appointed Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby ahead of the 2016/17 English Premiership rugby season together with fellow Crusaders coach Tabai Matson who was appointed Head Coach.[4]. On 17th April 2019 it was announced that he would be leaving Bath at the end of the 2018/19 season.

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