Crusaders' Twickenham plan nixed
March 9, 2011
The Crusaders had hoped to stage a fixture at Twickenham © Getty Images
The RFU has ruled out the possibility of Twickenham hosting the Crusaders' Super Rugby match against the Sharks on March 26.
The franchise had contacted the union regarding the plan after AMI Stadium was damaged in the recent Christchurch earthquake.
The RFU has concluded the logistical challenges were too great, particularly with neighbours Harlequins playing Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership on the same day, but offered future dates as possibilities in a bid to aid the region.
"Given we are keen to help support the people of Christchurch as they recover from the dreadful events of the last few weeks this was something we looked at seriously, even given the short time-frames involved," an RFU spokesperson said.
"Unfortunately in the end it has just not proved possible to do this given the operational challenges involved and in particular the transport, policing and security issues that would arise from the clash with the Harlequins game on the same day less than one mile away.
"We have confirmed this to Crusaders today with regret but have offered other dates later in the Super 15 season to continue to offer the hand of rugby friendship to Christchurch and its people."
Wembley officials confirmed on Wednesday that they had not received any approaches from the Crusaders but the stadium would be unavailable anyway, with England playing Ghana in a friendly on March 29.
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