Super Rugby
Crusaders forced to move games to Nelson
ESPNscrum Staff
February 25, 2011

The Crusaders have confirmed that they will stage their next two Super rugby home games at Trafalgar Park in Nelson in the wake of the devastating earthquake which rocked Christchurch on Tuesday.

The New Zealanders had been set to host the Waratahs at the AMI Stadium next Friday. However, that clash, along with their scheduled March 11 meeting with the Brumbies, has been switched after cracks were discovered in the stands of their regular home ground.

The Crusaders will reassess their options after the Brumbies clash before deciding where to play their six remaining home games. The AMI Stadium has only been ruled out of action for a month but Crusaders team manager Tony Thorpe has now revealed that they won't be hosting any more games there this season. As a result, Dunedin, Invercargill, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland are all potential venues for their remaining fixtures.

In addition, the franchise has confirmed that they have switched their training base to the Ohoka Rugby Club at Mandeville Domain in North Canterbury because of structural damage at their usual headquarters at Rugby Park in St Albans.

The Crusaders had been set to play the Highlanders this weekend but the game was called off because of the quake and declared a draw. The club's players partook in a community clean up in Shirley on Thursday before being given the weekend off to look after their families. They will reassemble in Nelson next Monday ahead of the visit of the Waratahs.

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