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Two All Blacks test matches no longer scheduled for Wellington

News from Sky Stadium
We are disappointed to announce that both Rugby Championship matches planned for this year in Wellington will no longer take place at Sky Stadium.

Wellington offered a number of different options to host the second All Blacks v Australia match, originally scheduled for Saturday 28th August, however New Zealand Rugby decided that the only date that worked for the game was Saturday 14th August. The Stadium has a long-held prior booking for Beervana on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th with 16,000 patrons expected to attend, of whom nearly half will travel to Wellington from outside the region, as will many of the brewers taking part.

We are very grateful to the team at Beervana who had committed to work through the night to make the Stadium available to host the test match on Sunday if that opportunity had presented itself.

Furthermore with the closure of the Trans-Tasman bubble for a period of eight weeks, the Argentina v All Blacks match scheduled for September 18th will now take place in Australia.

NZR CEO Mark Robinson said: “it is particularly disappointing we will not be able to play in Wellington this season and we share the disappointment of fans, the venue and the city, but at short notice following the closure of the travel bubble with Australia it just proved too difficult.

“It’s also disappointing not to be able to host Argentina, but the eight-week pause to the trans-Tasman travel bubble meant it just wasn’t possible to get the team into the country.

“Sky Stadium, Wellington Rugby and WellingtonNZ did everything they could to try and keep the Test in Wellington, but ultimately we needed to play on Saturday 14 August and we had to make the difficult decision to shift the match to Auckland.”

The All Blacks would be back at Sky Stadium in 2022, Robinson said. “We know this will come as very disappointing news and we can assure everyone that we explored every possible avenue to make these matches happen.”

Fans who have purchased tickets and car parking for either of the affected Tests will receive a full refund and should expect to be contacted by Ticketek.

News from NZ Rugby
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced Eden Park in Auckland will host back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests against Australia on Saturday 7 August and Saturday 14 August.

Confirmation of the venues and dates means the second Bledisloe Cup Series Test, which is now also the opening match of the newly-named Fortinet Rugby Championship, has been moved from Sky Stadium in Wellington, where it was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday 28 August.

SANZAAR has also confirmed the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth where the two teams will meet on Saturday 28 August, a week later than first scheduled.

The revised schedule means New Zealand will now not be hosting the two Fortinet Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina, which had been scheduled for Eden Park in Auckland on 11 September and Sky Stadium in Wellington on 18 September. They will now be played in Australia, with details of the matches to be announced by SANZAAR in due course.

NZR is continuing to plan for two Tests against South Africa, at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday 25 September, and at Eden Park on Saturday 2 October.

NZR CEO Mark Robinson said rescheduling the matches had been challenging, particularly having to move the two Tests out of Wellington. “While we are pleased to have some certainty around venues, we feel for our Wellington fans who will now miss out on two Tests, “ Robinson said. “It’s exciting to be in a position where the All Blacks and Australia can now prepare for two Bledisloe Cup Tests in New Zealand and what promises to be two great weekends.”