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It’s very rare that we get to host the All Blacks playing one of their historic rivals, but that is exactly what is happening here on the Shore in mid-September. The All Blacks take on South Africa at QBE Stadium, Albany, on the evening of Saturday September 16th. This is the only Auckland test in the 2017 Investec Rugby Championship.
You can be sure Steve Hansen will put out a strong side to ensure we conquer a South African team that will have quite a bit to prove and never ever lie down.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this high profile test which is really a first for the North Harbour community,” says and excited QBE North Harbour General Manager David Gibson. “On the back of the British & Irish Lions tour the All Blacks will be charged up for these Investec Rugby Championship Tests so this will be a great occasion. We are encouraging our local community to get out in force to support this highest level test rugby being played right here in our home patch. This is the first ‘A grade’ test match to be held at the QBE Stadium, ever."
The pricing of the tickets for the fixture at QBE Stadium should please locals as well. Tickets are priced from just $59 with public transport to and from the stadium free with your ticket – making it super easy for you to get to the match and home again.
The test is part of the sixth season of the Investec Rugby Championship, featuring Australia, All Blacks, South Africa and Argentina. The four nations compete in a six-round tournament, playing every other side in both home and away fixtures. The first game is on Saturday August 19th when the All Blacks play Australia in Sydney. The All Blacks' other home fixtures are on August 26th against Australia in Dunedin and against Argentina on September 9th in New Plymouth, before coming to the Shore the following week to take on the South Africa.
In addition to the three Investec Rugby Championship fixtures, there will be a third Bledisloe Cup match on October 21, which for the first time since 2014 will be played in Australia, with Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium hosting what could potentially be a series decider.
Don't miss the All Blacks on the Shore!
All Blacks versus South Africa - Saturday 16th September, QBE Stadium, Albany. Game kicks off 7.35pm. For tickets, visit: allblacks.com/tickets
Channel Magazine: Issue 79 August 2017