Crusaders to remain homeless for another Super season

The Crusaders will play another Super Rugby season away from home next year after Christchurch City Council (CCC) said on Tuesday that a stand at the team’s Lancaster Park stadium needed to be demolished because of earthquake damage.

New Zealand’s second largest city is still in the process of getting back on its feet after a 6.3-magnitude quake struck on February 22, killing more than 172 people and badly affecting infrastructure.

The seven-times Super Rugby champions and runners-up last season were forced to play this year’s home matches at Timaru, Trafalgar Park in Nelson and also one in London, England after the quake left substantial damage to the ground.

“The Hadlee Stand [at Lancaster Park] has suffered severe earthquake damage and engineers for the Council are recommending it be demolished,” the CCC said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Re-levelling and other repairs are required on the Tui Stand at the southern end of the stadium. More work is required to establish the best outcomes for the Paul Kelly Stand and the Deans Stand.

“Both have dropped 300-400 millimetres as a result of the earthquake.”

The prospect of repairs to the three stands looked bleak with the CCC saying that the scale of the re-levelling required “has never been undertaken in New Zealand before and is rare around the world”.

The CCC said engineers were continuing their evaluations and expected them to be presented in October, but they were working with the Crusaders on finding them a new home for 2012.

Lancaster Park was also meant to host seven Rugby World Cup matches at the tournament starting in New Zealand on September 9 but the significant damage led to organisers reallocating matches around the country. — Reuters

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Unpacking the myths and misunderstandings in the Covid-19 vacuum

The basics of epidemiology will help explain why some of the believable but incorrect propositions about the pandemic are wrong.

On language, power and privilege in tertiary education

Advocates of retaining Afrikaans as a language of instruction are blind to their own prejudices

Invest in children to give them a better world

This entails putting them at the centre of national strategies, but doing it without high CO2 releases

Covid-19: Free the evidence

Governments need to provide the modelling and data informing the strategy to control the spread of the novel coronavirus

Lockdown or no lockdown: we face hard choices for complex times

There are no available options for containing the spread of Covid-19 that do not have serious economic costs. We need to listen to expertise, not ill-considered opinion

Eusebius McKaiser: Why Ramaphosa must act decisively against Ndabeni-Abrahams

The president needs South Africans on his side if the lockdown is to be extended. He must show leadership and censure the communications minister for breaking the regulations

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

White men still rule and earn more

Women and black people occupy only a few seats at the JSE table, the latest PwC report has found

The PPE scandal that the Treasury hasn’t touched

Many government officials have been talking tough about dealing with rampant corruption in PPE procurement but the majority won't even release names of who has benefited from the R10-billion spend

ANC still at odds over how to tackle leaders facing...

The ANC’s top six has been mandated to work closely with its integrity committee to tackle claims of corruption against senior party members

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday