Canterbury Crusaders changing knight & sword logo after Christchurch attacks

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Chief executive Colin Mansbridge said the club will undertake a “thorough brand review”

The Canterbury Crusaders are to lose their knight and sword logo following a review into the club’s branding after the Christchurch mosque attacks in March, in which 51 people were killed.

Concerns were raised after the attacks about the association of the Crusaders’ name with the medieval religious wars between Christians and Muslims.

The team will keep their name for at least next year’s Super Rugby season.

The club said in March they were “open” to discussing a potential name change.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Steve Tew said the removal of medieval theming was an appropriate step for now.

But he added: “Any change must not be seen as a knee-jerk reaction to a single event.”

The Crusaders, who have won a record nine Super Rugby titles, adopted their name 23 years ago, when rugby went professional.

Chief executive Colin Mansbridge said they were “committing to undertaking a thorough brand review” before making any more changes.

“What is clear from the research is that there are divided views on the name itself, but that people on both sides of the divide are incredibly passionate about this club and what it represents to them,” he added.

Tew said: