Rugby treasure and hearty head off to Australia

MYLES HUME
Last updated 10:44 01/08/2014

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Zac Guildford could step up to Super Rugby again, Hawke's Bay boss says Zac Guildford linked to NSW Waratahs and a return to the Super Rugby ranks Tawera Kerr-Barlow extends Chiefs deal for two more years Ngani Laumape has the physical attributes to fill Hurricanes' midfield void next season Northland's Dan Hawkins chuffed to sign with Melbourne Rebels Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge released from Waikato Hopsital Carlos Spencer has claims to be in the Blues coaching mix Richard Graham intent on keeping Queensland Reds coaching job Melbourne Rebels sign Irish international prop Jamie Hagan on two-year contract Ben Smith spurns tattoo, but keen to achieve ultimate double-banger

As a red-and-black crusade heads to Sydney, All Blacks supporters will be hoping some silverware also Australia-bound today isn't on a one-way ticket.

A hearty bunch of Crusaders fans departed Christchurch Airport about 5am today to back their team in the Super Rugby final at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night.

Promoters were expecting a record crowd at ANZ Stadium for the match against the New South Wales Waratahs, with Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder hoping many ex-pat Cantabs and Kiwis would support the New Zealand team's tilt at an eighth Super Rugby title.

There were some 80,000 Kiwi expats living in Sydney and with ANZ Stadium's 83,500 capacity, there might be some room for some Australian fans.

Those Aussie fans would be hoping the other Australia-bound traveller today might stick around for a while.

Flying from Wellington, the Bledisloe Cup was strapped in on a seat in business class on a Qantas flight headed for Sydney. It was accompanied by an Australia Rugby Union representative.

The trophy, weighing 9kg, would remain under guard 24 hours a day while in Australia.

Australia had the home advantage for the Bledisloe Cup matches this year with the first in Sydney and the third in Brisbane. The New Zealand test was on August 23 at Eden Park.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content