Wielding swords and shields, and kitted-out in skimpy red and black “maiden meets warrior” outfits, the cheerleaders will do a guard of honour when the players run onto the field at Christchurch home games.
They’ll add to the medieval battleground theme at Crusader home games, and perform alongside the popular Crusader horsemen.
The Maidens, who vow on the team’s official facebook to ‘help our boys protect our castle’, made their debut before Saturday’s home win against the Bulls.
The 20 performers were selected after auditions in December and January which judged their dancing and performance skills.
The Crusaders also wanted them to display “a bit of an attitude and take on various personas”, while also representing a broad cross-section of the local community – something that would “appeal to everyone”.
“We felt it was time to refresh our cheerleaders,” a spokeswoman for the rugby powerhouse franchise said yesterday.