The scene is set for a pulsating Investec Rugby Championship Test at Eden Park between the All Blacks and South Africa on Saturday with just 4,000 tickets remaining.
Auckland is getting behind the All Blacks in the lead up to the Test with excitement building with members of All Blacks visiting supportive businesses, hosting 40 school children from Waikowhai Park School at the teams Captain’s Run and running a coaching clinic with teenagers from 10 schools across the Auckland region.
All Blacks Head Coach, Steve Hansen said ìThe support we’ve received this year has again been fantastic and the team has really enjoyed spending time with fans and the rugby community as we feel that the All Blacks belong to all New Zealanders and their support is important to us. We are hoping to see all of those supporters in the stand come Saturday.”
Fans are being urged to secure their seats now if they want to see the two form sides take on each other in an eagerly awaited Test.
“Saturday’s game at Eden Park is shaping up to be a fascinating contest with arguably the two best teams in the Investec Rugby Championship eager to take all the points on offer, said New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew.
“The atmosphere is expected to be charged with the special rivalry between the All Blacks and South Africa regularly delivering something very special.”
Mayor Len Brown said ìthe All Blacks Tests are always eagerly anticipated by Aucklanders. They aren’t just great sporting events. They are sensational for the Auckland economy with the accommodation and hospitality sectors and business generally benefiting.
“There will be plenty of support across Auckland for the ABs this week in the lead up to the game. The Boks can also count on plenty of support with a large contingent of visiting South Africans joining Auckland’s South African community, flying the flag for their team. It’s going to be another great sporting weekend in Auckland.”