3 Dec 2013

Christchurch has to accept less Tests until a new stadium is built

5:56 pm on 3 December 2013

The Chief Executive of Canterbury Rugby says they have to accept that because of limitations around their 18,000-seat stadium, they can't expect a Test every year.

Christchurch misses out on an All Blacks Test next year, instead the Crusaders will play a midweek game against the touring English in June.

Christchurch will host Argentina in 2015.

Hamish Riach says they're grateful for having internationals since the earthquake, but they can't rely on them.

Riach says their hope is to have a new permanent stadium in place for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour.