All Black's Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams

Fans of Investec Super Rugby in the Northen hemisphere have a special opportunity to watch the Round Six clash between Crusaders and Sharks which will take place at Twickenham on Sunday March 27, 2011 (4pm).

The community of Christchurch was badly affected by last month’s earthquake and is the home of the Crusaders and the earthquake left their AMI stadium damaged. The Rugby Football Union is delighted to be able to offer support to the Crusaders and hope that rugby fans will be keen to make the most of this unique rugby spectacle and the opportunity to reach out to the people of Christchurch.

Investec Super Rugby is the southern hemisphere’s premier club competition and features the five top teams from each of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The first match ever to be staged outside its home nations, this fixture forms the centrepiece of the Red Cross fundraising effort which aims to raise over £1 million for the Earthquake Appeal.

Tickets go on sale today and fans have to be quick as there is only two weeks to go until the fixture kicks off. Tickets can be purchased online via or by telephone 0844 847 2492 from 4pm today and £5 from each ticket sold will go to the charity. Tickets are priced at £50, £40 and £30 and will be half price in all areas for under 16s.

RFU Chief Executive, John Steele, said: “Having some of the southern hemisphere’s best players on display at Twickenham will be a treat for all English based fans of Investec Super Rugby. It is great to see the rugby family pull together for such a worthy cause and we would like to thank all our stakeholders for their flexibility and support in making this happen. We now have less than two weeks to get tickets sold so we would urge supporters to get online and buy soon.”

The Sharks currently top the Investec Super Rugby table with the likes of John Smit, Jannie du Plessis, Willem Alberts and Bismark du Plessis; while the Crusaders will be bringing a squad full of All Black talent including Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams.

Looking forward to the prospect of such a show case, Dan Carter said: “This is our chance to give something back to our close knit community which has been horribly impacted by recent events. We hope we can make a small difference. We are really looking forward to playing this match at Twickenham. It is a wonderful stadium and those of us that have played here before always enjoy it.”

“It will be unique experience to play out of the home dressing room in what is a must win game for us in this regular season Investec Super Rugby match. We hope the rugby fans come out to support the teams and the Canterbury province”.