In a new poll it was suggested that the majority of fans in New Zealand want Crusaders name to remain unchanged.

According to the poll 76% of Kiwis do not want the Crusaders to change their name.

The Crusaders announced that they will review their name after the shooting on March 15 in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.

Crusaders were used between the 11th and 13th century in wars between Christians and Muslims.

The poll suggested that 76% were against the name change, 14% in favor of it and 8% unsure.

“So these are really striking figures and what they tell us is that a very small proportion of New Zealanders understand the deep history of conflict between Muslims and Christians that the word Crusade means,” historian Peter Lineham told 1 NEWS.

The majority of people between 19-29 wants the name to remain the same.

Earlier this month, NZR chief executive Steve Tew said that maintaining the status quo was no longer tolerable.

“We are asking Research First to look into two possible options moving forward – retaining the ‘Crusaders’ name but changing the branding and associated imagery; or undertaking a complete rebranding, including the name and all imagery,” Tew said.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said that they take this seriously and wants to make sure that the right decision will be taken.

“This is an event that rocked our community and brought some important issues to the fore,” Mansbridge said. “One of the contentious issues that has been brought up in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks is the name of our rugby team – the Crusaders.

“Because of our desire to be the best we can be and to support our community, we are treating the question around the appropriateness of our brand extremely seriously.

“We are committed to undertaking a thorough process, taking into account all relevant opinions and, most importantly, we are committed to doing the right thing.”

The men from Christchurch have won the Super Rugby title a record 9 times since Super Rugby started in 1996.


Written By Carl Coertzen

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