The fifth round Super Rugby Trans Tasman clash between Crusaders and Melbourne Rebels has been shifted to Sydney.
The encounter was originally scheduled to be played at AAMI Park on Saturday but with the lockdown restrictions set to continue in Melbourne until 10th June, the organisers have decided to play the game at Leichhardt Oval.
Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson expressed disappointment on missing the opportunity to play in front of the home fans but is hoping to finish the competition on a high.
“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 in a statement.
“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 are desperate to make everyone back in Melbourne proud.”
Crusaders are positioned third in the Super Rugby Trans Tasman campaign after winning all their four matches while Rebels are at ninth place. The final will be played on 19th June.