The Crusaders may call the tune on the field - but they have hit more than a few bum notes in their tribute to stalwart Andy Ellis.

The halfback, who likely played his final game in front of a parochial home crowd in Christchurch on Saturday in the 35-10 loss to the Hurricanes, was serenaded by his teammates in an online video. And the song of choice? Westlife's Flying Without Wings.

The Crusaders posted the patchy vocal performance by players, including All Blacks skipper Kieran Reid, on their Facebook page.

The team leaves tomorrow for South Africa to play the Lions in their must-win Super Rugby quarter-final.

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The post reads: "Last night at our final home game for 2016 we paid tribute to some legendary BNZ Crusaders who are leaving us at the end of this season.

"With over 150 games in the red and black jersey, Andy Ellis truly is a Crusader for Life, so the team decided to show Andy just how much he means to them! ‪#‎crusadeon‬ ‪#‎legendinthejersey‬ ‪#‎westlife‬ ‪#‎flyingwithoutwings‬ ‪#‎dontgiveupyourdayjobsboys‬."

Enjoy!

Thank you Andy!

Last night at our final home game for 2016 we paid tribute to some legendary BNZ Crusaders who are leaving us at the end of this season. With over 150 games in the red and black jersey, Andy Ellis truly is a Crusader for Life, so the team decided to show Andy just how much he means to them! #crusadeon #legendinthejersey #westlife #flyingwithoutwings #dontgiveupyourdayjobsboys

Posted by BNZ Crusaders on Saturday, 16 July 2016
Andy Ellis has likely played his last home game for the Crusaders. Photo / Getty Images
Andy Ellis has likely played his last home game for the Crusaders. Photo / Getty Images