Crusaders to play Liverpool in pre-season friendly at Ravenhill

Stephen Baxter
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter

Ravenhill will be the venue for a pre-season friendly between Crusaders and a Liverpool XI on Tuesday 14 August.

The home of Ulster Rugby will provide a larger capacity for the game than the Crues' own home ground at Seaview.

Anfield0 boss Brendan Rodgers will name his squad for the game in late July.

"We are delighted to work with Ulster Rugby to jointly promote this game in what we intend to make an entertaining, family friendly, night out," said Crusaders chairman Stephen Bell.

"We are also working with Ulster Rugby, the GAA and the Peace Players to promote a "game of three halves" at Seaview in mid-July and hope that these collaborations will be the first of many," added Bell.

The Crues enjoyed a successful season last time out by winning the IRN-BRU League Cup and the Setanta Sports Cup.

"We are delighted that Ravenhill is able to host some of Europe's best sporting entertainment," said Fiona Hampton, Senior Sales Manager at Ulster Rugby.

"The Liverpool friendly will kick start the season for the team at Ravenhill and will be followed closely by two pre-season friendlies for Ulster Rugby."

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