Super Rugby Teams, Chiefs and Crusaders, Arrive Today

Operations team inspect venue, Chiefs advance  party here to finalise game details 
29 May 2019 16:21
Super Rugby Teams, Chiefs and Crusaders, Arrive Today
Fijian born Chiefs flanker Pita Sowakula (right) with family and fans at Nausori International Airport on June 27, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Super Rugby powerhouses Gallagher Chiefs and BNZ Crusaders arrive at Nausori International Airport, this evening.

This was confirmed yesterday by Super Rugby committee chair Litiana Loabuka.

“The two teams will get into Nausori on the same plane tomorrow evening and their traditional welcome ceremony will be held at their respective hotels,” she said.

With two days left for kick-off of the last Super Rugby match in the country Loabuka said, the operations team are all set to go after they checked the venue last week so everything is now within their control.

“Our risk management team are ready for the teams’ arrival. They have been working closely with the Chiefs advance party that arrived on Sunday evening.

“About 80 per cent of the preparations work has been done and 20 per cent is left for game day which impressed the Chiefs operations team,” she added.


Members of the public are advised that the road along Laucala Bay Road will be close from 3pm till 10pm on Saturday.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer John Moore said: “The closure is along Laucala Bay road from its junction at Queen Elizabeth drive up to Cost-U-Less.

“The closure will be from 3 to 10pm. USP and Cost-U-Members of the public are advised that the road along Laucala Bay Road will be close from 3pm till 10pm on Saturday.

Fans who wish to take their cars to watch the Super Rugby match, National Schools Swimming Championship and the IWF Junior Weightlifting Championship is purchase car passes of $25 from the Fiji Sports Council office if they are to get access.

“Vehicle owners are strongly encouraged to get their car passes for $25,” Loabuka added.


Loabuka has also confirmed 50 per cent of the grass embankment tickets are still available, 40 per cent of concrete and 20 per cent of grandstand tickets.

“For $30 the public will get to watch, support the team of their choice, enjoy the atmosphere so calling on Fiji to come and enjoy the super rugby on the night,” Loabuka said.


Chiefs coach Collin Cooper has confirmed that captain Sam Cane would resume his comeback with another start against the Crusaders at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday night.

“He did some brutal work [in 50 minutes against the Reds] and you probably don’t realise it until after you look at his game. Some of the hits he put in were huge,” Cooper said.

For Crusaders, they’ve welcomed the return of All Blacks captain Kieran Read.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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