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Twickenham to host Super Rugby

The Rugby Football Union will stage the Crusaders' Super Rugby clash with the Sharks at Twickenham on Sunday, March 27.

The Christchurch-based franchise contacted the RFU about moving the fixture to London because their home ground, the AMI Stadium, was damaged in last month's earthquake.

The match will kick off at 4pm and form the centrepiece of a major weekend of fundraising by Red Cross for the earthquake appeal, aiming to raise over £1million.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster, with £5 from each ticket sold going to the charity.

Twickenham will be the first venue outside of the three SANZAR countries - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - to stage a Super Rugby match.

An RFU spokesperson said: "It's fantastic news that we were able to find a date that would enable us to host the game as the centrepiece of a weekend of fundraising for the people of Christchurch.

"Having some of the southern hemisphere's best players on display at Twickenham will be a treat for all English-based fans of the Super 15.

"It is great to see the rugby family pull together for such a worthy cause and we would like to thank all our stakeholders for their flexibility and support in making this happen.

"We now have less than two weeks to get tickets sold so we would urge supporters to get online and buy soon."

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