Crusaders to play Hurricanes in Nelson

The Crusaders have announced that they will hold their Round 16 Super Rugby match on the 29th of May 2015 against the Hurricanes in Nelson.

The Crusaders are unable to hold the game at their home venue of AMI Stadium in Christchurch because it is being used for a Fifa Under 20 World Cup game, so the Board has been working through a process to identify the best alternative option.

The board have now reached a decision today on the venue for the game and decided that it will be Nelson who will host the round 16 Super Rugby derby.

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said Nelson had always been one of the options under consideration by the Board since the draw was released, and at a Board meeting today was confirmed as the venue for the game.

“We are all pleased that after a long and thorough process, including discussions with our players and coaches, and representatives of the relevant venues, a decision has now been reached and we are excited to be taking this game to Nelson.

“We have played in Nelson a number of times before and our supporters from the uppermost part of the Crusaders catchment area are always most welcoming. We know it will be a fantastic occasion and it is great to be able to now get on with preparing for that match and making it something special for our fans,” Mr Riach said.

“As has been previously reported, Suva was another venue we considered for this game. While there were a number of compelling aspects to that option, on balance and taking into account a wide range of pros and cons for each venue, we are really happy to confirm that the game will be played at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.”

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