Our Blues will be playing for a lot more than pride when they tackle the touring British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on 7 June.
A specially commissioned Maori Taiaha will be presented to the winner of the historic match. Named ‘Te Raki’ to denote our geographical location ‘north’, the traditional Maori weapon is at the heart of the design of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series.
Te Raki has been on display at a number of special events throughout Auckland, including at our own Blues Big Day Out at Alexandra Park back in February (pictured).
NZ Rugby vice president Mauric Trapp commented: “This is the first time in the history of the Lions Series that all teams will be vying for a trophy. The challenge to keep the trophy in Auckland will be a big one.”
The Blues will be the first Super Rugby side to take on the Lions, following the tourists’ opening match against the NZ Provincial Barbarians at Toll Stadium in Whangarei on the weekend, which they won 43-10.
In a first for our club, the team will also perform a special and unique pre-match haka immediately before the match.
That will follow a live performance by Kings, whose debut single Don’t Worry Bout It broke Lorde’s record for most consecutive weeks at number one in New Zealand. So, if you’re heading to Eden Park for the game, get there early to enjoy the festivities.