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Ireland's loss is the Crusaders gain

The Crusaders have secured the services of three of their front rowers for the coming seasons. Hooker Ben Funnell and loosehead prop Tim Perry have re-signed through to 2019, while tighthead prop Oliver Jager has signed through to 2020.

Irishman Jager played for the Ireland U18 Schools side in 2013. The new year he decided to pursue his rugby dream in New Zealand, playing club rugby in Christchurch.  Three years on and Jager has cemented himself as a valued member of New Brighton RFC, Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup side and Crusaders.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson describes him as a man of great character with a bright future.

“Oli is still very young but has shown huge maturity in the decisions he has made about his career and in the way he trains and plays.  It has been a rapid rise for him, but he has never let himself be over-awed or fazed by the fact he is training and playing alongside many of the best front-rowers in the world.

“It is testament to all of these players that they know they will continue to learn off the All Black front-rowers in this squad and replicate what they have achieved. All three players continue to have a massive contribution to make to this team and we are thrilled that they are Crusaders.” Robertson said.

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Ireland's loss is the Crusaders gain