The first of the back-to-back Tests against South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin on Saturday 25 September will be an extra special occasion – it will be the 100th Test match between the two famous foes, played in the 100th year anniversary of New Zealand and South Africa’s rich rugby history, in the same city as that first ever Test. (Played at Carisbrook on 13 August 1921, the All Blacks won 13-5).
All Blacks Head Coach Ian Foster said: It’s fantastic to have a full Rugby Championship confirmed. This is a huge year for us and we’ll get to really test ourselves. We’re also really excited for our fans who will be treated to a bumper year of international rugby.
“It was a dramatically different year for us last year and we learned a lot about ourselves. This year we’ve been able to bring these lessons through into what will be a ‘normal’ year for the All Blacks, which is really, really exciting.
“We kick off our season with a Bledisloe Cup home Test and we know how important that trophy is to our team and our fans, it’ll be a massive occasion, so we will have to be ready to hit the ground running.
“We’ll also look forward to what we know will be a special 100th Test match against South Africa in Dunedin.”
The on-sale date for tickets to the All Blacks Rugby Championship Tests as well as the Bledisloe Cup Test presented by Steinlager will be announced in due course.