June 29, 2012
New Zealand Rugby Union releases ticketing details for The Rugby Championship
By SANZAR News Service and NZRU
The general public get their chance to buy tickets for the inaugural Rugby Championship when tickets for New Zealand matches go on public sale on Monday, 2 July.
With the World Champion All Blacks coming off an unbeaten Steinlager Series against Ireland, the new series features traditional rivals Australia and South Africa who are joined by the passionate Pumas of Argentina.
"We're really excited about the expanded series featuring such great rugby nations," said New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew.
The New Zealand leg of the championship kicks off on Saturday 25 August with the Bledisloe clash at Eden Park followed a week later by the All Blacks taking on Argentina at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The All Blacks then travel to Dunedin for their first outing at Forsyth Barr Stadium where they go head to head with South Africa.
"The Pumas have shown they have plenty of firepower having just beaten France and Italy in the June internationals so I am sure they will put up a spirited challenge in Wellington.
"The world's number two and three ranked sides, Australia and South Africa, are also coming off top encounters with Wales and England respectively so we are in for some thrilling clashes.
"However, I encourage fans to get in quick if they want to secure the best seats as we are expecting strong demand particularly after the popularity of the recent Steinlager Series.
"We had sell outs in Hamilton and Christchurch and a huge crowd of 43,000 at Eden Park for the three Ireland Tests. Along with that, 2.8 million fans tuned in to watch the matches, half a million more than the last June series in 2010, so we know interest in rugby is high."
Tew said the Championship will be a big step up for the new look All Blacks.
"They produced some pretty exciting rugby against Ireland so I am sure the first Investec Rugby Championship will be a great challenge for the young talent Steve Hansen has blooded this year."
The Rugby Championship
Tickets on sale from Monday, 2 July
Saturday 25 August
All Blacks v Australia, 7.35pm
Eden Park, Auckland
Get your tickets from ticketmaster - 0800 111 999
Saturday 8 September
All Blacks v Argentina, 7.35pm
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Get your tickets from ticketek - 0800 842 538
Saturday 15 September
All Blacks v South Africa, 7.35pm
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Get your tickets from ticketdirect - 0800 224 224