Christchurch won't host Sea Eagles next season due to financial issues - report

Christchurch won't host Manly's home match against the Warriors for a third straight season next year because the promoters have struck financial problems.

A small crowd at this year's game meant costs weren't covered and has forced Walco Events Limited into liquidation, Stuff reports.

Just under 12,000 people attended the round three fixture at AMI Stadium, the first major sports event staged in Christchurch after the March 15 terror attack in which 51 people were killed by a lone gunman.

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The Sea Eagles were given a full Maori welcome at Christchurch's Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae. Source: 1 NEWS

Manly, who won the game 46-12, agreed in 2017 to stage home matches in the South Island city in 2018 and 2019 with an option for 2020.

The same company promoted a 2016 game in Christchurch between Penrith and the Warriors which sold out but crowd numbers have fallen since.

Tom Trbojevic of the Manly Sea Eagles during the NRL League match,  Manly v Warriors, Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 30th March 2019. Copyright photo: John Davidson /
Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic in action against the NZ Warriors. Source: Photosport