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$2.3m For Chiefs vs Crusaders Match

Good news for rugby fans. Finally Fijians have the chance to watch a Super Rugby game to be hosted right here at home. The Waikato chiefs will take on the Canterbury Crusaders on
06 Nov 2015 17:45
$2.3m For Chiefs vs Crusaders Match
P Meghji Operations Manager Anginesh Prasad (front second from left) and General Manager Eremasi Matanitabu (on his left) with staff at the launch on Tuesday night. Photo: Supplied.

Good news for rugby fans. Finally Fijians have the chance to watch a Super Rugby game to be hosted right here at home.

The Waikato chiefs will take on the Canterbury Crusaders on July 1, 2016 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

During the budget address, Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, announced an allocation of $2.3 million to fund hosting of Fiji’s 1st Investec Super Rugby match in 2016.

This is only the second match to be played outside of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with the only other match being played at Twickenham in 2011.

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said: “This is a great opportunity to take the Chiefs to Fiji and help promote the game in their country. Fijians have added a huge amount to New Zealand’s rugby heritage and it is fitting that we can give something back as well as expose our brand in a new territory.”

Brendan Morris, Acting Chief Executive Officer, SANZAR shared similar sentiments.

“In 2016, Super Rugby is being delivered to more countries and more fans than ever before. We are delighted to partner with the Fijian Government and the Chiefs to deliver the first ever match to the Pacific Islands. We thank everyone that has worked hard behind the scenes to deliver this history-making clash and we look forward to what will be an incredible occasion in Suva next July.”

 



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