Crusaders head to London for fundraising match

10:43 pm on 21 March 2011

Members of the Crusaders rugby team headed to London on Monday after a last-minute venue change for their next Super Rugby match.

The Canterbury side's game against the Sharks at Twickenam will be the first Super Rugby match to be held outside New Zealand, Australia or South Africa.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says there was a lot of uncertainty about whether the game against the South African side would go ahead, but now it's on, the players are excited.

The game is being held to raise money for the franchise forced to relocate its home games after a devastating earthquake in Christchurch on 22 February damaged the AMI Stadium.

Blackadder says he is worried the team will lose its home game advantage.

The franchise has been given consent to sell only up to 55,000 tickets for the match on Sunday, 27 March (local time).

Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis says he already knows of a few ex-players keen to come along.

AMI Stadium has been ruled out as a venue for the Rugby World Cup. The tournament starts in September.