Beaten in this year's Super Rugby semi-finals, the Crusaders have opted for a four-strong coaching team for 2013, adding a new role of team attack coach.
Shortcomings in attack and defence are behind the Crusaders' rejigged coaching structure for next year's Super Rugby season, coach Todd Blackadder says.
The Christchurch-based franchise is increasing its coaching team from three to four.
Blackadder remains as head coach and Dave Hewett continues as assistant forwards coach, while former All Blacks midfielder Daryl Gibson takes on responsibility as assistant coach for defence.
A new role of team attack coach is yet to be filled and will be advertised externally this week.
Blackadder says the new structure is a critical part of taking the lessons from 2012 and turning them into opportunities for 2013.
The Crusaders finished second in the New Zealand conference to the Chiefs this year, and were beaten by the Chiefs 20-17 in their semi-final at Waikato Stadium.
"One of the areas that the coaches identified as needing more of a specialised focus in future is our defence and attack play," Blackadder said.
"The reality is that the modern game has evolved to the point where the degree of information, analysis and coaching needs of the players require specialised attention as opposed to simply a generic backs coach."
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