Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes in pre-season game

The Crusaders will play their second pre-season game against the Hurricanes this Saturday afternoon.  It is the sixth annual Tui Brewery pre-season game, formerly held in Mangatainoka and this year in Eketahuna.

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Crusaders to play Hurricanes in Nelson

The Crusaders Board has reached a decision today on the venue for the 29 May 2015 game against the Hurricanes and it will be Nelson who will host the round 16 Super Rugby derby.

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.

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.”

Twenty days until the twentieth Crusade kicks off

In twenty days tomorrow the Crusaders will host the opening game of the 2015 Super Rugby season, and mark the official start of their twentieth Crusade.

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Crusaders team to play the Highlanders in pre-season clash

Crusaders and Highlanders fans will get their first opportunity to see their teams in action this weekend, when they meet in a pre-season clash in Timaru.  The game kicks off at 2:30 at Alpine Energy Stadium and will be played in four quarters with rolling substitutions.

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Enable partners with the Crusaders to take kids to footy

Christchurch-based fibre broadband network provider, Enable and the Crusaders announce a sponsorship deal for Enable Take a Kid to Footy. Enable will be naming rights sponsor of the Crusaders’ unique family-focused rugby entertainment experience for the next three years.

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