Crusaders’ Sarries clash cancelled

Date published: June 15 2015

The proposed friendly game between Saracens and a Crusaders team in New Orleans has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales.

The game, which was scheduled for August 1 at the Superdome in New Orleans, is the second US fixture to be cancelled in recent weeks, following Leicester's match with the Rough Riders a week later being called off.

RugbyLaw, the organisation in charge of the game, are believed to have struggled to sell tickets and have called the game off as a result.

Saracens were expected to field a second-string side, while the Crusaders team, known as the Knights, would have been deprived of any All Blacks, who would be on Test duty.

"This is obviously a disappointing outcome, given that we had received all assurances up until this point that the game would proceed," Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach told

"The decision is out of our hands though, so we have no choice but to accept that result and move on.

"Our main concern now is around whether there may be Crusaders fans here who had already booked tickets to attend the game.

"We would urge people to direct any queries about the cancellation of the game to the match organisers, RugbyLaw.

"We would also like to personally acknowledge how disappointing this news will be to any of our local fans who may have already booked flights to New Orleans, so we are asking any Christchurch-based fans in this position to contact us so that we can thank them for their support with a season's pass to the 2016 Crusaders home games."