|Super XV Rugby Stars Stay Free At Chiswick Moran Hotel|
First match ever to be staged outside the Southern Hemisphere raised money for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Chiswick Moran Hotel showed support for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal by opening its doors to the Natal Sharks (pictured right) ahead of last weekend’s Twickenham match allowing them to stay free of charge.
The match featured 25 internationals in the two starting line-ups and was the highlight of a week of fundraising for the Red Cross earthquake appeal. Donations from ticket sales alone will total £175,470.
Once the RFU have finalised their accounts from hosting the match, they will also be making a contribution to the appeal fund.
Unfortunately New Zealand superstars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams proved too much for the Sharks as the Crusaders won the match with a 44-28 victory.
This was the first Super Rugby match ever to be staged outside of the SANZAR nations.
The Sharks team of 34, which included Springbok captain John Smit, Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira, Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis and head coach John Plumtree, arrived in Chiswick on Friday 25 March, ahead of Sunday’s clash. The Chiswick Moran Hotel agreed to host the Sharks, free of charge, in support of the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
March 28, 2011