The change of venue from Melbourne to Sydney is a result of the Victorian government's decision last week to extend its COVID-19 lockdown of Melbourne. The restrictions may not be lifted until Thursday 10 June at the earliest, and all stakeholders believe it is prudent to schedule the match in Sydney to enable both teams every opportunity to prepare properly for the match.
The match kick-off will remain the same at 14:35 AEST. Leichhardt Oval has become a 'home-from-home' for the Rebels and has already successfully hosted two matches over the last two weeks due to the Melbourne lock-down; Round 3 - Highlanders versus Melbourne Rebels; and Round 4 - Chiefs versus Melbourne Rebels.
SANZAR CEO Brendan Morris stated, "This is a prudent decision and is in the best interests of both teams given the circumstances. The Crusaders were heading to Australia anyway and will now head to Sydney instead of Melbourne."
"Of course, we feel for the Rebels who once again are denied the opportunity to play at home in front of their loyal supporters. However, It is a plus for Sydney rugby fans with another top class match now being played in the city and I encourage all ruby fans to get to the match to enjoy some world-class Super Ruby action," added Morris.