Crusaders To Play Sharks In Super 15 At Twickenham
The Canterbury Crusaders Will take on the Natal Sharks at Twickenham. The match will take place on Sunday, March 27 after the Christchurch-based outfit contacted the RFU in the wake of last month’s earthquake.
Their home ground, AMI Stadium, was damaged in the quake and is now also expected to miss out on staging World Cup matches later this year.
The original proposal involved the match being played on March 26 but the RFU turned that down as it clashed with neighbours Harlequins’ Aviva Premiership match at home to Gloucester.
However, the Crusaders returned with an offer to play a day later and the RFU, after consultations with police and television partners, have accepted.
The match will kick off at 4pm and form the centrepiece of a major weekend of fundraising by Red Cross for the earthquake appeal, aiming to raise over £1million.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday afternoon from Ticketmaster, with £5 from each ticket sold going to the charity.
The agreement also means that Twickenham will become the first venue outside of the three SANZAR countries – South Africa, New Zealand and Australia – to stage a Super Rugby match.
An RFU spokesperson said: “It’s fantastic news that we were able to find a date that would enable us to host the game as the centrepiece of a weekend of fundraising for the people of Christchurch.
“Having some of the southern hemisphere’s best players on display at Twickenham will be a treat for all English based fans of the Super 15.
“It is great to see the rugby family pull together for such a worthy cause and we would like to thank all our stakeholders for their flexibility and support in making this happen.
“We now have less than two weeks to get tickets sold so we would urge supporters to get online and buy soon.”