Returning All Blacks and Crusaders utility David Havili summed up the welcome news that local fans would be able to attend Sunday's Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa game against the Hurricanes in Christchurch.
The Crusaders are preparing for their rescheduled Round 2 match against the Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon, and Head Coach Scott Robertson has made few changes to the side, following their Round 1 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Crusaders and All Blacks wing Sevu Reece said he had put in a lot of aspirational work in the off-season in his bid to have the best possible Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa season knowing how much competition there was for places in the All Blacks side.
Back on home turf first five-eighths Bryn Gatland is looking to make the most of a starting role for the Chiefs in their first game of Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa, in Hamilton on Friday, against the Highlanders.
Welcome to the arena, Chiefs. Whilst it’s incredibly disappointing their opening game of Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa will be played behind closed doors, neither team are letting it affect their preparation for Friday night.