Canes to meet Crusaders in Levin again

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 11:23 12/12/2013
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And action: The Hurricanes and Crusaders locked horns at the Levin Domain in June.

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The Hurricanes are set to show Horowhenua-Kapiti some love by playing a pre-season match next year on Valentine's Day at the Levin Domain.

The Hurricanes will play the Crusaders in the Horowhenua on February 14, their final warm-up match before the start of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said although there may not be too much love exchanged on the field, he was expecting to see a lot of couples nestled amongt the Levin crowd.

"Who wouldn't want to spend Valentine's Day at a rugby match in Levin? It's the perfect place for the fellas to take their ladies," he said.

The match will be the second Hurricanes visit to Levin in as many years, after they played the Crusaders in a friendly match in June.

On that occasion the home side won 38-17 in front of a healthy crowd of more than 5000.

"We had a great time there last time. Some of our most loyal fans are stationed there, so to play our last pre-season match in front of them will be exciting for everyone,'' Hammett said.

The scheduling of next year's match is a fitting reward for the Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Union buying a three per cent stake in the Hurricanes franchise in July at a cost of about $100,000.

Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni said it was also reward for the support the region showed last year.

"We had over 5000 people turn up in the middle of a storm last June. That was great to see and we're hoping for another big crowd at this game."

Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union chief executive Corey Kennett said the union was grateful to be hosting the match.

"This time around, we're also looking forward to potentially having an increased number of spectators, especially since this fixture is most likely to feature many All Blacks from both teams."

Kick-off for the pre-season fixture is scheduled for 4pm. Ticket information will be made available soon.

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