• Huge 48,500 capacity crowd for blockbuster double-Test against Australia
• Hamilton the last opportunity for fans to see the All Blacks at home in 2019
The All Blacks Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia in Auckland is officially sold out, New Zealand Rugby announced today.
A capacity crowd of 48,511 will fill Auckland’s Eden Park for Saturday night’s Investec Challenge Test featuring both the All Blacks and Black Ferns in a double-header event against their Australian counterparts.
NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew said the stage was set for an electric evening in Auckland.
“Anytime you have the All Blacks and Black Ferns both playing in front of a capacity home crowd it is a special occasion,” Tew said. “We all saw how exciting and enthralling the rugby rivalry between New Zealand and Australia can be in Perth and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the return matches at Eden Park.”
The All Blacks are coming off a 47-26 loss to Australia as they look to retain the Bledisloe Cup when the Investec Challenge Test kicks off at 7.35pm, while the Black Ferns will be looking to back up their 47-10 win over Australia at 5pm.
“Both of our teams are excited about playing in front of their home fans and a sold-out Eden Park always creates a terrific atmosphere. There’s plenty on the line and these are the sort of matches we all look forward to,” Tew said.
Getting to the Test
Gates open at Eden Park from 4.30pm and NZR is urging fans to arrive early to avoid queues, check the Eden Park website for venue details and enjoy the double header and associated match-day entertainment.
All Blacks v Tonga, Hamilton
Saturday’s sell out means fans now have just one remaining opportunity to watch the All Blacks on home soil in 2019, when they play Tonga at FMG Stadium Waikato at 2.35pm, on 7 September.
The family friendly daytime All Blacks v Tonga Test will also include a curtain raiser between the Pacific Legends and the New Zealand Barbarians Legends, which will kick off at 12.10pm.
Fans are reminded to buy any tickets to the All Blacks v Tonga Test through the legitimate channels at tickets.allblacks.com and to avoid secondary market sellers such as Viagogo.