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14 Nov 2018
The All Blacks renewed rivalry with South Africa will bring Wellington alive when the two rugby super powers meet at Westpac Stadium on 27 July 2019.
The match is one of only two All Blacks rugby tests to be played in New Zealand in 2019 as the world champions prepare to defend their title at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
WREDA’s Events and Experiences General Manager Warrick Dent says he expects tickets to be in high demand.
“Interest in rugby always increases in a World Cup year and that’ll be amplified as the All Blacks look to make it three world titles in a row.
“Added to that is the All Blacks revitalised rivalry with traditional foes South Africa, kick-started in a tumultuous test at Westpac Stadium earlier this year. Next year’s repeat match up promises plenty of excitement and, for All Blacks fans at least, a result reversal.”
Mr Dent says Wellington being named as host for one of only two All Blacks tests in New Zealand for 2019 is significant.
“We know that All Blacks tests typically pump between $7-$9 million into the regional economy, providing a big boost during the traditionally slower tourism winter months to the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors.
“But hosting the world champion All Blacks in Wellington isn’t just about economic impact. It adds vitality to the city and region, helping reinforce Wellington’s reputation as the events capital of New Zealand.”