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McKenzie and Volavola easily fill Crusaders’ playmaker exodus

Marty McKenzie and Ben Volavola have both arrived at the Crusaders with similar paths through Super Rugby.

New Zealand-born Marty McKenzie has dabbled in two different Super Rugby clubs and is a Maori All Black representative.

Ben Volavola was a key part of the Fijian national side at last years Rugby World Cup and has amassed eight caps for the Waratahs in Super Rugby.

Volavola and McKenzie give Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder reasonable playmaking ability at both first five and fullback during Super Rugby 2016.

Picking up these two eager but young footballers is a big win for the Crusaders.

Not only does it take care of the No.10 exodus that threatened to ruin any chance of a title in 2016, but it also provides a fresh injection of youth into a position that, in Crusaders colours, has always been filled by more senior heads i.e. Daniel Carter.

With lacking opportunity at the Chiefs, Marty McKenzie didn’t need much convincing to take his talents to the Crusaders. McKenzie slotted 23 points in seven Super Rugby appearances last season, proving he can kick with reasonable success.

Despite Volavola’s experience on the international stage, many believe that the confidence and counter attack game that Marty McKenzie possesses would warrant the starting role.

The pre season will give the Crusaders a good look at both McKenzie and Volavola, beginning with a matchup against the Hurricanes in Blenheim.

The 2016 Super Rugby season will be the last for Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.

3 comments

  1. WELL DONE FOR BEING THE LAST NEGATIVE WORDS AND REACTION MY BROTHER HEARD OR HAD TO FACE AT THE END OF HIS LIFE R.I.P MASTER CARL TILSON A TRUE ADVOCATE.X NOT A SELF PITYING NOBODY, LEGS OR NOT YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE DISABLED COMMUNITY.CARL TILSONS SISTER DEBBIE.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Debbie.

      Like I’ve said already, my story on Carl stands. His passing is deeply sad, and I think we all know full well how much Carl did for disability, but others did and still do as well. I am very sorry for your loss. Regards, Mike Pulman

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  2. Firstly Debbie, condolences on your loss. I think you may find more forfilling things to do to honour your brother than make false snarky attacks at someone just because they dared to question his methods or ego.. All people have good points and parts that could do with improvement..To somehow believe that your brother is flawless is sweet but naive..Please move on and find some thing a little more deserving of your time than trolling Mike’s blog..Everyone who knows Mike knows your words come from total ignorance of who he is and what he is about so you just make yourself look uninformed and vindictive posting messages such as this..We all know you Mike..don’t be shaken by a sister in pain from such a loss lashing out..it’s not really about you.

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