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Date Set For 2017 Super Rugby Clash

  Fiji is set to host the Gallagher Chiefs against the BNZ Crusaders in the 2017 Investec Super Rugby match on May 19 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. Due to
16 Nov 2016 14:59
Date Set For 2017 Super Rugby Clash

 

Fiji is set to host the Gallagher Chiefs against the BNZ Crusaders in the 2017 Investec Super Rugby match on May 19 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

Due to the success rate with supporters and fans, Gallagher Chiefs marketing manager Vanessa Parker said yesterday having the games here again was a no-brainer.

“Both the Gallagher Chiefs and BNZ Crusaders were really humbled by the enthusiasm from the Fijian people and it was such a special occasion for all of us to be involved in,” Parker said.

“The facilities here were just superb it was really very easy for us at the Gallagher Chiefs to make that decision when we were given the opportunity by the promoter.

“The Gallagher Chiefs are absolutely thrilled to be having another Investec Super Rugby game in Fiji in 2017.

“The game held this year was such a success and the support from the people of Fiji as well as all the wonderful organisations that helped us put that match on means that we have afforded the opportunity to return.

“The match has been made possible by a large number of people, especially, the Fiji Rugby Union and the Fiji Sports Council as well as the match promoter Fortress Information systems.

“Of course both the BNZ Crusaders and Gallagher Chiefs teams and team management and also SANZAR and New Zealand rugby making it possible for us to play again in this rematch of what was a historic match this year.”

According to Rugby Heaven, the home team is normally the promoter and retain gate revenue, though on this occasion the teams get a share of the spoils, with the Chiefs getting the bigger slice because it’s their home game.

Following this year’s match, Chiefs chief executive Andrew Flexman had said the franchise made more money from hosting the game in Fiji than they would have from playing it in front of a sold out FMG Stadium Waikato.

Flexman said the Chiefs were delighted to be taking the game offshore once more.

“We are thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to play in Fiji again in 2017 off the back of a wonderful occasion in Suva early this year,” he said.

“The people of Fiji love the game of rugby and it is important that we do our bit to promote the standing of the sport in that country. We know many of our Chiefs fans thoroughly enjoyed the experience of travelling to the Island destination last year.

“We would again like to acknowledge the efforts of game promoter Fortress Information Systems, the Government of Fiji and the Fiji Sports Council who have worked tirelessly to make the game possible.”

Fiji Sports Council chief executive officer, Litana Loabuka said, they are proud to be the hosts for the Chiefs in the new season.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the international games has given an insight to the need to train their staff members for future international games.

“We are grateful to support the event, we have all seen the impact that this game has had this year and we are happy to support the initiative,” O’Connor said.

“We are looking at opportunities to up skill our staff at Fiji Rugby House in terms of hosting. FRU is open to the idea to host more international matches because it is a chance for our staff to learn.

“We have looked at the idea to send staff members over to a Gallagher Chiefs home game so they can learn for future international matches that will be held here.”

 

2017 Gallagher Chiefs home draw:

Ballymore, Brisbane

February 8: Chiefs v Bulls

FMG Stadium, Waikato

March 3: Chiefs v Blues

March 10: Chiefs v Hurricanes

April 1: Chiefs v Bulls

April 29: Chiefs v Sunwolves

June 3: Chiefs v Waratahs

June 20: Chiefs v British & Irish Lions

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

May 6: Chiefs v Reds

ANZ Stadium, Suva

May 19: Chiefs v Crusaders

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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