Fiji Government chipping in 2.3m for Super Rugby clash

Seta Tamanivalu of the Chiefs in action against the Crusaders

Super Rugby resumes on Friday with a historic match in Suva Fiji after a $2.3 million investment from the Fijian Government.

The match will be the first time in Super Rugby history that a match has been played in Fiji and if successful could see more matches being played in the Island nation.

The Chiefs and Crusaders match on Friday will feature a strong number of All Blacks and hopefully some positive promotion for the Pacific Island.

The Chiefs have already arrived in Fiji and brought with them All Blacks such as Hika Elliot, Dominic Bird, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Stephen Donald, Setareki Tamanivalu and nippy fullback Damian McKenzie.

The Crusaders will also feature a number of All Blacks and will arrive on Wednesday.

According to FijiVillage the Fijian Government have contributed $2.3 million to cover the team costs, accommodation and local travel costs.

Further to this Fortress Information System has stepped in with a $1 million corporate sponsorship of the event.

Sanzaar have engaged Fiji Airways to fly the players in from New Zealand to Suva while Sky New Zealand will cover the match which will go out to 154 countries with over 200 million households.

The match has the potential to be seen by as many as half a billion people and the Fijian Government says the direct economic benefits has been estimated to be in excess of 19 million dollars.

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