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The Crusaders ended up playing a 'home' game at Twickenham in 2011.

In February, 2011, Christchur­ch was devastated by a major earthquake. The quake measured 6.2 and it destroyed buildings all over the city and beyond. It also took the lives of 148 people.

It was a terrible and harrowing event that left people's lives and properties in ruins.

The quake happened on a Tuesday and the Crusaders were due to play the Hurricanes in Wellington on the Saturday.

But the decision was made to cancel the game to allow the Crusaders players time to work with their respective families and communitie­s to assess the damage they had incurred and help clean-up some of the worst aspects.

More games would have been cancelled because the Crusaders' stadium was damaged and rendered unsafe by the quake, so they had to find new venues in which they could play.

That saw them host 'home' games in Napier, Wellington, Timaru, Nelson and London. They even looked at playing in Auckland – but decided that was something they couldn't do even in desperate times.

Amazingly, the Crusaders, despite being nomads, made it to the final which was played in Brisbane.

It was a game too far for the globe-trotting Crusaders, though. The burden of travel and being on the road for three months solid was too much and the Reds pipped them 18-11.

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