The much-awaited New Zealand Lions Series is just 12 months away, after the milestone was marked with a ceremony at Eden Park.
The Blues region plays host to the Lions for their two opening matches next year – against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Whangarei on 3 June and the Blues at Eden Park on 7 June.
The best way to get to see the Lions take on the Blues is to become a 2017 Blues “True Blue” member. The membership will include the Blues vs Lions game, as well as all home games for the Blues for next year’s Investec Super Rugby Championship.
The True Blues memberships will go on sale in August this year.
“For six weeks next year, the focus of the rugby world will be again on New Zealand with an estimated 20,000 travelling fans joining tens of thousands of Kiwis for the 10 match series, and millions more following from around the world,” said New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive, Steve Tew.
“The New Zealand Lions Series is expected to be the most attended event since Rugby World Cup 2011. We all remember how special Rugby World Cup was and many fans have fond memories of the 2005 Lions Series so we’re hoping Kiwis make the most of this unique opportunity to see the Lions in action.
New Zealand Rugby will confirm full details of the ticket pricing and process for purchasing tickets in late June. Some 350,000 seats will be available with many of these tickets going on public sale in October.
The Lions return to Eden Park for two Tests against the All Blacks on 24 June and 8 July.
For the first time ever the players will be vying for a specially designed match trophy, which is modelled on the taiaha.