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All Blacks take Boks to Wellington in 2018

2017-08-25 09:57
All Blacks celebrate... (Getty Images)

Cape Town - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has already announced the venues for the All Blacks’ home Tests in 2018.

The NZR announced on Friday that Nelson will be one of four cities to host six All Blacks Test matches in New Zealand next year.

Eden Park in Auckland and the Westpac Stadium in Wellington will each host two Tests, while Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin has the final Test of France's Steinlager Series in June.

“We’re excited that the people of Nelson will be able to experience All Black rugby on their patch. They proved during the 2011 Rugby World Cup that they are capable of hosting world class events and this will certainly be a highlight on the calendar,” NZR Chief Strategy and Operations officer Nigel Cass told the All Blacks’ official website.

Trafalgar Park hosted three matches in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Eden Park will host the opening domestic Tests of both series, with France returning for the first time in five years. France was the last team to defeat the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1994. The second Bledisloe encounter will also play out in Auckland.

Westpac Stadium plays host to the second Steinlager Series match against France as well as the Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks in September.

“The All Blacks have a rich history against the French and we are looking forward to them returning. Fans will remember the nail-biting Rugby World Cup final in 2011 and we will expect more of that excitement in 2018.”

New Zealand’s 2018 home Test match venues:

Three-Test series v France

First Test, Eden Park, Auckland - June 9
Second Test, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - June 16
Third Test, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - June 23

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v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland - August 25
v Argentina, Trafalgar Park, Nelson - September 8
v South Africa, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - September 15

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