Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Crusaders v Rebels clash moved to Sydney as Melbourne lockdown continues

The Crusaders will play their final Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash in Sydney due to the continued COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne.

Originally scheduled to be played at AAMI Park in the Australian capital, the Rebels and the Kiwi franchise will now take place on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.

The current restrictions in Melbourne are unlikely to be lifted until June 10 at the earliest, so for the benefit of both sides, both New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia were keen to have a plan in place as soon as possible. 

Melbourne Rebels’ CEO, Baden Stephenson said: "We are extremely disappointed for our members, partners and fans who miss out on seeing our team come home for our final match, but understand the rationale behind the decision," he said.

"The team has shown plenty of resilience as we have been on the road for 21 weeks over the last 11 months due to COVID-19.

"We thank them for their continued sacrifice that they have made for the integrity of the competition and want to acknowledge the unbelievable loyal support from the Victorian community that our Club has received during this challenging time.

"I know the team is desperate to make everyone back in Melbourne proud."

In a joint statement, SANZAR, NZR and RA said they will continue to work with their respective Governments and health authorities, with the health and safety of players and fans the highest priority.