Wellington and Auckland to host 2019 Test match rugby

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Wellington to host IRC 2019 match-up against South Africa
Black Ferns and All Blacks double header returns to Eden Park

New Zealand’s world champion All Blacks and Black Ferns will feature in a blockbuster double-header in Auckland next year, while Wellington is set 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 in 2019, while 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 2019.

The Wellington Test match will effectively be a dress rehearsal of 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 the double header was an ideal way to celebrate trans Tasman rugby, and to showcase both teams and the trophies for which they played.

“The Black Ferns love the trans Tasman rivalry, and they love playing in front of a home crowd.  Next year’s Eden Park double header will be the second of two double headers – with the first to be played in Western Australia’s 60,000-seat Perth Stadium in Burswood on 10 August.

“For our All Blacks fans, these matches 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 Rugby CEO Jarrod Bear was also looking forward to having the All Blacks and the Black Ferns in town in 2019.

“Leading into the RWC2019 and with only a few opportunities to see the All Blacks in action next year, Auckland Rugby is excited to be partnering with Eden Park Trust to deliver rugby fans the opportunity to experience the world champion All Blacks and world champion Black Ferns playing Australia.”

Series Fixture Venue Date
2019 Investec Rugby Championship South Africa Westpac Stadium, Wellington 27 July 2019
Laurie O’Reilly Trophy Black Ferns v Australia Eden Park, Auckland 17 August 2019
Bledisloe Cup All Blacks v Australia Eden Park, Auckland 17 August 2019


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

Ticketing details will be revealed next year.  Be first to get news of ticket sales by signing up to Team All Blacks.

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