It’s good news for Christchurch rugby fans – the All Blacks are coming to the city in 2018.
The All Blacks will play against Canterbury and Otago in a Game of Three Halves on Friday 10 August 2018 – in a South Island first. The popular event is used to prepare the All Blacks for the Investec Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks will play 40-minute matches against Canterbury and Otago, who will also play a 40-minute match against each other – a total of 120-minutes of entertainment. The matches are not being broadcast on TV, so the only opportunity fans will have to see the All Blacks play in the city this year will be live at AMI Stadium in Addington.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union, ChristchurchNZ, V-Base and the Christchurch Stadium Trust have worked together to secure the event for the city. There are no All Black test matches scheduled in Christchurch in 2018 and 2019 – making Game of Three Halves the only concrete opportunity for locals to see the All Blacks play in the city for at least the next two years.
Ticket prices have been kept low – at traditional pre-season levels – to ensure the game is affordable and to make sure everyone has the chance to see the All Blacks in action.
All three teams will meet with fans for autographs and photos after the final whistle blows.
• Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and will go on sale to the public from Monday, 30 April at www.ticketdirect.co.nz.