The Crusaders brand has, quite unbelievably, taken a battering this year and in the most unusual ways.

It started with the complicated debate around the organisation's name after the mosque attack tragedy, a discussion which has evaporated since emotions were at their highest.

And just when you thought it was safe to put the house on the red and black machine grinding out another title win, they unravelled off the field in South Africa and on it in Suva.


I don't believe these last two events are unrelated, even though the human factor is often overlooked in New Zealand