13 Nov 2018

Sport: Super Rugby returning to Fiji

12:18 pm on 13 November 2018

Fiji will host a Super Rugby match for the fourth successive season when the Chiefs and Crusaders square off in June next year.

The Chiefs prevailed 23-13 in the first fixture at Suva's ANZ Stadium in 2016, with the Crusaders exacting their revenge 31-24 the following season.

Crusaders lock Luke Romano wins a lineout against the Chiefs in their Super Rugby match in Suva earlier this year.

The Chiefs and Crusaders have played in Suva twice before (seen here in 2017). Photo: Photosport

This year, the Chiefs beat the Highlanders 45-22 in front of a sold out crowd.

Crusaders Chairman Grant Jarrold said it is exciting to once again have the Pacific Island nation host the fixture.

"We are thrilled the Chiefs have invited us back to Suva for their home game in 2019," he said.

"The BNZ Crusaders have close ties with Fiji so we're grateful to the Fiji Government, Fiji Sports Council and Fortress Information Systems for bringing this game, between two quality New Zealand Super Rugby teams, to Suva," Jarrold said.

All Blacks first five Richie Mo'unga starred in the Crusaders 2017 victory in Suva.

All Blacks first five Richie Mo'unga starred in the Crusaders 2017 victory in Suva. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson said the match is always well received by the Fijian people.

"We are fortunate to have passionate supporters all over the world, but Fiji represents a really special fan base for the Crusaders," he said.

"The people of Fiji are always so friendly and inviting, and they know their rugby too, so it's great to be able to play this game in Suva and connect with our loyal Fijian fans again next season."