14 teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa play each other once each over 3 months. We can proudly say that our local team, Crusaders, are regular champions, having won 7 titles in 12 years of Super 12 & 14 Rugby.
One of the highlights is being able to see regular members of the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springbok play. Crusaders have many present and past All Blacks including Richie McCaw (All Black captain) Leon McDonald, Brad Thorn and Kieran Read and it is this that leads to Canterbury being referred to as New Zealand's All Black breeding grounds!
If you are in town when a game is on, get down to AMI Stadium for some great entertainment. It's only a short walk from the centre of Christchurch.
The new Deans Stand, is being built at AMI Stadium and will be ready for the Rugby World Cup to be held in NZ in October 2011.
From CentrePoint on Colombo Motel, AMI Stadium can be accessed in about 30 minutes by using the free shuttle bus and a short walk. Many guests walk back to the Motel after the game, dropping in somewhere along the way to celebrate another Crusader's victory!! Tickets can be purchased at the park or at Ticketek in the Town Hall, 3 minutes walk from CentrePOint on Colombo Motel.