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VIDEO – McCaw calls out England's Super Rugby fans

21 March 2011

  • Crusaders’ All Black contingent looking forward to Twickenham fixture
  • Rugby fans encouraged to support earthquake fund

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Crusaders captain Richie McCaw has called on England’s contingent of southern hemisphere ex-pats to support their sides at the Investec Super Rugby game at Twickenham on Sunday March 27, KO 4.00pm.

Following earthquake damage to the Crusaders’ AMI Stadium last month, the Crusaders v Sharks match has been moved to Twickenham stadium and will become the first Super Rugby game ever to be played outside of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Tickets are available now, and five pounds from each ticket sold will be donated to the Red Cross earthquake fund.

Speaking from the Crusaders’ training camp, McCaw, the current All Black captain, said: “Our stadium here in Christchurch suffered quite a bit of damage in the February earthquake. I guess that pales in the enormity of what’s happened in Japan, but we’re taking the opportunity to come and play at Twickenham against the Sharks which will be the first time a Super Rugby game has been taken out of the SANZAR countries.

“This is a call out to all you ex-pat Kiwis and South Africans living in the UK to come along and see what will be a great match against the Sharks.”

The Crusaders are Super Rugby’s leading scorers this season having recorded 151 points and just one loss in the opening five games of the tournament. Among their side they boast All Black stars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams, who is eagerly anticipating the trip to Twickenham.

“It’s going to be fun,” said the ex-rugby league centre. “It’s going to be a really cracking game I think, with the likes of Dan Carter and the international boys from South Africa it’s going to be a fun game to watch so hopefully the ex-pats over there will come out and support the cause and the game.”

Tickets for the match start at £30 and are available online via the Ticketmaster website.