As part of a bumper year for All Blacks fans where the team will be playing a total of 14 test matches, Sky Stadium is thrilled to be hosting two All Blacks games in August and September against Australia and Argentina respectively.
The schedule for the 2021 Rugby Championship has been unveiled today with a full roster of teams, including South Africa. The bulk of the Rugby Championship matches will be played in Australia and New Zealand, with both countries hosting five matches each and South Africa two.
The All Blacks play the opening Bledisloe Cup Test presented by Steinlager, before the start of the Rugby Championship, at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 7 August.
The second Bledisloe Test is at Optus Stadium, Perth on Saturday 21 August, with the third back home at Sky Stadium, Wellington the following Saturday 28 August.
September will then see four Tests in a row for the All Blacks, with back-to-back Tests against Argentina, at Eden Park on Saturday 11 September and Sky Stadium, Wellington on Saturday 18 September - a “home” game for the Pumas.
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).
The All Blacks’ final Rugby Championship Test against South Africa will be at Eden Park on Saturday 2 October - a “home game” for the Springboks.
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.”
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The full press release from New Zealand Rugby can be read here.