Crusaders coach Penney has no plan to step down

Crusaders coach Rob Penney insists he will be at Rugby Park in 2025 as pressure surrounding the side intensifies following a 2-10 season.

In a tense exchange with the media, Benny offered a flat “no” when asked if he would consider stepping down as Crusaders coach.

“Yes, I’m boxing, as always,” he said.

“As far as I know, nothing has changed for me or any of the other employees. We're already looking forward to next year, of course, because you're always planning and anticipating.

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When the role of director of rugby was brought up, he responded with “I don’t know why that would be muted”, as the awkward interview escalated.

“How do you want me to respond?” He asked again about his reaction after Brumbies' defeat. Benny seemed puzzled by the assertion that he “looked defeated” after the loss.

“I'm disappointed for the boys, basically,” he summed up his feeling after the match.

Due to the rut of the season and the responsibility for the results, Benny was united with the team.

“We are all in this together. We will strive to put in a great performance this week against the Blues,” he added.

When asked if he would have done anything differently, Benny replied, “Any way?” Several times before he highlighted “decisive moments” as a reason for the Crusaders’ losses this season.

“We were close a few times, there were moments where for one reason or another we didn't win pressure points, put ourselves in front or be consistent, so that will be something we will look to improve on.

Benny refused to place blame on any area of ​​the operation, saying he would “leave that to others.”

“All I know is that everyone in the organization is working hard to get the results we deserve and want to see,” he said.

The Crusaders' season is still alive with the possibility of qualifying for the eight-team playoffs if they win their final two games starting with their main rivals the Blues this weekend.

The former Waratahs and Canterbury coach has been signed on a two-year commitment running until the end of 2025.


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