The Chiefs have announced that they will play the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji on Friday 1 July 2016 in their Round 15 Super Rugby match.
The unique fixture is the result of an extensive amount of work by multiple parties who were eager to have more top class rugby in the Pacific Islands.
Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman expressed his delight that the Hamilton-based franchise will be hosting a match on foreign soil.
“We know how much the Pacific Island people love their rugby and this year’s Test match between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks was testament to that," he told the Chiefs' official website.
“This is a great opportunity to take the Chiefs to Fiji and help promote the game in their country.
"Fijians have added a huge amount to New Zealand’s rugby heritage and it is fitting that we can give something back as well as expose our brand in a new territory.”
“The fixture is a culmination of a lot of hard work by numerous parties, none more so than the game promoter and the Government of Fiji.
"We should also acknowledge the New Zealand Rugby Players Association and our players for their support of this venture”.
There is great excitement within Fiji Tourism and the Government of Fiji about showcasing Fiji and its national stadium in Suva alongside the Fijian people’s love of rugby.
The match will be accessible for the local people with the game promoter willing to provide discounted tickets for Fijian citizens to watch the match.
Exclusive ‘Chiefs Road Crew’ tour packages will be available soon for those fans that would like to be part of this special match and all 2016 members will automatically go in the draw to win ‘The Ultimate Chiefs Experience’ which is a trip for two to Fiji to watch their team take on the BNZ Crusaders.
The Chiefs Rugby Club continue their commitment to take Super Rugby to as many parts of their region when they play their two pre-season games against the Waratahs in the Bay of Plenty and the Blues in Counties Manukau.
They will also return to Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth for their Round 10 competition match against the Sharks.
“We are a truly regional team and cover a vast area so want to connect with as many of our supporters as possible,” added Flexman.
Chiefs 2016 pre-season fixtures:
Friday 12 February – Chiefs v Waratahs, Bay of Plenty
Friday 19 February – Chiefs v Blues, Counties Manukau
Chiefs 2016 Super Rugby home fixtures:
Saturday 5 March – Chiefs v Lions 5.15pm @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Saturday 26 March – Chiefs v Western Force 7.35pm @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Friday 8 April – Chiefs v Blues 7.35pm @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Friday 29 April – Chiefs v Sharks 7.35pm @ Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Saturday 7 May – Chiefs v Highlanders 7.35pm @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Saturday 21 May – Chiefs v Rebels 7.35pm @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Friday 1 July – Chiefs v Crusaders 7.35pm @ ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji