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All Blacks vs Springboks at Westpac Stadium next July

News from Westpac Stadium
Wellington is to host the mouth-watering Rugby World Cup 2019 preview between the All Blacks and South Africa.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has today announced Wellington’s Westpac Stadium will host South Africa on 27 July 2019, in a condensed (due to Rugby World Cup) Investec Rugby Championship.

The Wellington Test match will effectively be a dress rehearsal the All Blacks and South Africa’s much-anticipated opening pool match of Rugby World Cup in Japan in September. It will be the only chance the two teams get to size each other up ahead of Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said this match will be a special opportunity to look at the All Blacks before next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Wellington Rugby acting Chief Executive Matt Evans said the union was excited to host such an important Test match in such an important year.

“It’s fantastic for the whole Wellington region that All Blacks fans will still get to experience Test match rugby at Westpac Stadium in a reduced Investec Rugby Championship schedule,” he said.

“It also gives fans a great opportunity to see the defending World Champions first hand before they head to Japan. As this year’s enthralling Investec Rugby Championship Test in Wellington demonstrated, South Africa are a fantastic opponent.”

Auckland will host the Laurie O’Reilly Trophy and Bledisloe Cup in a return of the double header Test match rugby event at Eden Park on 17 August.

The international calendar will see the Investec Super Rugby competition run uninterrupted through to July, with the June International window removed for 2019.