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Update: Twickenham is a no-go for 26 March


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Mar 2011 at 19:29
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According to a report on the Sky Sport website, the RFU have had to rule out the possibility of the Crusaders-Sharks match on 26 March being held at Twickenham.

Apparently it was felt that the logistical hurdles that would need to be overcome would be too great given the time frame. Also, the fact that a Premiership game is being played at the Stoop on the same day would stretch resources too far.

This is a huge pity, of course. There remains a possibility that the Crusaders will indeed play a match at Twickenham later in the season, but the same can obviously not be said about the Sharks. I guess we’ll need wait for further confirmation about exactly where the game will now take place.


45 Comments

  • Ahhhhh sense finally prevails 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.11 19:33:51 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : you jinxed it 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.11 19:38:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I’d gladly do it again hahaha cheer up laddie its for the best 🙂 deep down you know its the right thing for the sharkies

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.11 20:02:05 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : I’d still far rather play the Saders at a properly neutral venue, mate….

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.11 20:10:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : I know bud but we both believe they can do it anywhere anyway so it really doesn’t matter 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.11 21:05:45 by Poisy Reply
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  • Surely Wembley will step in, I still think this would be huge, the amout of Saffa, Aussie and Kiwi expats in London is still alot. Would have been there like a bear!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.11 21:22:50 by Tintin Reply

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  • Yessssssssssss 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.11 22:22:11 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Tintin (Comment 6) : Wembley is also not on. England are playing some dumbass roundball match against outer kurdistan on that day

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.11 23:14:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hehehe I love it when rob shows his disdain for soccer and cricket 😛 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.11 00:16:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 9) : DB how’s the rowing going???

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.11 00:55:29 by Ben Reply
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  • Just wanna say how awesome SW is, always having the latest news waaay before anyone else. Keep up the good work!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.11 06:34:07 by Crock Reply

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  • Maybe its for the best 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.11 08:04:20 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Why don’t they find out if they can use Millennium Stadium. Doesn’t it seat more people than Twickers anyway?

    But I suppose there will be some stupid game there as well.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.11 08:15:51 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 13) : The idea is to raise money and I think keeping the game in NZ will raise more money than in Wales.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.11 08:27:32 by Ben Reply
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  • Jeez can’t the saders use one of the other NZ teams stadiums to raise some money?

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.03.11 08:33:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) : probably not. would kingspark sell out if crusaders and bulls played there. not likely. london is the best place to get funds and they would be in pounds. maybe millenium stadium could hold the game. look it was a pie in the sky idea, that would have been great. but hey maybe next time.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.03.11 09:07:28 by try time Reply

     
  • @Ben (Comment 14) : the millenium stadium is only an hour from london. twickenham is also quite a long trek if you live on the wrong side of london, so it could be just as viable.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.03.11 09:11:16 by try time Reply

     
  • @try time (Comment 17) : More like 3 hours. 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.03.11 09:23:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Crock (Comment 11) : thanks Crock!

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.03.11 09:25:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : was it that far? apologies. i thought it was closer. i remember it took me 1 and a half to get to twickenham/stoop to watch a boring game of rugby between harlequins and saracens.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.03.11 09:31:19 by try time Reply

     
  • @try time (Comment 20) : You must have a fast car. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.03.11 09:36:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • If the Crusaders can’t find a suitable venue in NZ, then I stick by my suggestion of yesterday that the game be played at Kings Park with the proceeds going to the Crusaders.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.11 09:42:39 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 22) : Then again… 11000 tickets paid for in NZ$’s is probably worth more than 60000 tickets paid for in Rands 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.03.11 09:45:04 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 23) : Actually at the current exchange rate, the sale of 60 000 tickets at R100 each donated to Canterbury would net them NZ$1,150,000. If the 11,000 tickets were sold at NZ$100 each, they would only receive NZ$1,100,000 so they would get more money out.

    But let’s be honest, there is no way that they would charge NZ$100 a ticket for the game, so they would definitely make more money if it was hosted in South Africa.

    The only problem is that we are talking about a fully sold out stadium.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.11 12:47:44 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 24) : yes, but that’s also assuming that the entire R100 from each ticket sold is pure profit, which is obviously not the case because there’s a huge overhead involved in actually opening the stadium for a game.

    I reckon we’d be lucky if we could give even 30% of the total gate without running at a loss.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.11 13:09:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : If they are to play this match anywhere but in NZ, then what message, exactly, would be sent to the rugby playing nations of the world with regards to that rather large rugby tournament being hosted in NZ later this year?
    What, precisely, is the problem here? If the Saders want to raise money for Christchurch then I am sure they are not alone, and other institutions can assist, If the issue is the gate, and the money being lost by the union (a fair issue to be sure) then as was suggested earlier, there are ways and means to increase capacity, albeit on a temporary basis.
    I just think that there needs to be some lateral thinking going on here, and I don’t honestly think that having the match anywhere outside of New Zealand is practically, or politically viable.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.11 13:37:37 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 24) : If this match HAS to move out of NZ, then I think the best bet is to do it in Soweto.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.03.11 13:41:12 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 26) : certainly moving it to SA would be a mistake… I feel moving it to Aus would also.

    Having the game at Twickers would have been a great marketing and fundraising exercise, but with that ruled out, I agree that the match should be played in New Zealand. What about Eden Park? We LOVE playing there 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.03.11 13:42:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 27) : But I still think it needs to stay in NZ.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.03.11 13:46:46 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Eden Park would have been my first-choice alternative! 😆 :mrgreen: Dont think the Kiwis can afford to stage this anywhere else. BTW -Surely the Saders had insurance for the stadium?

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.03.11 13:50:01 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 30) : Get James Cameron to throw a couple of dollars into the pot. He filmed Avatar in NZ at Weta Workshop’s place (the guys who turned NZ into Middle Earth for Peter Jackson). Biggest grossing movie ever – more than 1-billion US – he can afford to say “I love NZ”!

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.03.11 13:53:54 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • pity , at least it could be at a normal hour 😐

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.03.11 14:29:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • Rob, Just read in the Sunday Tribune, Greenaway says this game against Saders and Sharks might go ahead in London on Sunday the 27th. Seems like they might still head to London after the Chiefs game.

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.03.11 12:00:59 by Puma Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 33) : 😎 After initially being completely against the idea, I read the comments on the relevant thread and now actually feel it will be a good idea.

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.03.11 12:03:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 33) : Just read in the Tribune Greenaways article saying the game will probably go ahead now. Sharks have agreed to play the game in London.

    If it does go ahead hope our team not gonna be tired for the Stormers game.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.03.11 12:04:12 by Puma Reply

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  • A real shame the ‘Old Farts’ couldn’t be bothered to accomdate the request ! 😈

    ….. they should hang their heads in shame, and take a leaf out of Greg Martin’s book who raised $A 500,000 for the cause last week organising a charity game in Aussie….what a champion rugby man.

    Things still really difficult in Chch…. i don’t think the Saders will play there again this season. So they are looking to explore every option, they will definitely play at other NZ venues this year.

    I can’t see them ever giving away home advantage to the opposition so neutral venues look the go.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.03.11 12:05:34 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Where there is a will there is a way ! 😎

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.03.11 12:07:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : I am still against the idea. Team gonna be tired. But it is for a good cause.

    What conditions will they play in? Fly to London 24 hour flight, then we still have to fly home on the Monday night, another 11 hour flight and only get back to Durbs on the Tuesday. Jeez our team gonna be tired. We playing Stormers on the Saturday. If they do go the London route think Stormers will have one up on us. They only have a 2 hour flight from Cape Town.

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.03.11 12:08:15 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 39) : 🙄

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.03.11 12:09:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 37) : We could accomodate Saders at FNB Stadium 😎 Holds over 90 000 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.03.11 12:10:16 by Puma Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 40) : Looks like it is going ahead. Just read our Sunday Tribune. Looks like the game will take place on Sunday the 27th so not to clash with the Harlequins game. Sharks have agreed to it.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.03.11 12:13:30 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 42) : Result ! 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.03.11 12:56:33 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 36) : At this stage even a very very tired sharks team will give the stormers a rugby lesson 😀

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.03.11 13:30:04 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 44) : I hope so, cause we have two very tough games coming up against Chiefs and Saders. Just say we win both those games. We lose to Stormers at the Tank they go to the top of our conference. We lose to Chiefs or Saders, Stormers still go to top of our conference. WE have to beat Stormers at the tank, no question. So players can’t be dead on their feet from travel.

    I am thinking of our conference here. The reason I don’t think it is a good thing for our team to travel to London to play. No team can play their best if they buggered mate.

    Anyhow it is for a good cause. They can bring it to MM or FNB :mrgreen:

    See keo has this as a thread already.

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.03.11 14:02:32 by Puma Reply

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