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All Blacks Test tickets go on sale to southern fans

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allblacks.com     31 May 2011     allblacks.com

Restricted sales were opened up today to fans south of the Waiau River (about 130km north of Christchurch), and the West Coast. The 2011 All Blacks’ season opener against Fiji will be the only time the All Blacks play in the South Island this year and the match will double as a special appeal and fundraiser for the Prime Minister’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Tickets sales for this match to the general public start on 20 June.

The official match logo was also unveiled publicly for the first time today.

All Blacks Manager Darren Shand said: “This is the first Test of what is a tremendously important year not only for the All Blacks but also New Zealand in general. It’s the only Test we will play in the South Island this year so hopefully we can fill Carisbrook and raise a large amount of money for the people of Christchurch.”

Otago Rugby Union General Manager Richard Reid said Otago was proud to be hosting the first All Blacks Test match in 2011, and they were delighted to be able to work with the New Zealand Rugby Union in hosting this special event.
“This is a match we weren’t expecting, I’m sure many South Islanders will relish the opportunity to support the team, and support a great fundraising event,” Reid said.

“Hopefully this is some consolation for them for missing out on World Cup matches later in the year, and it is also another good excuse to finally farewell Carisbrook. I know we did it in style last year, but there is absolutely no reason why we can’t do it again,” he said.

Priority ticketing is one of a number of activities planned around the game to show support and recognition of many groups and people involved in the rescue, recovery and continuing rebuild of Christchurch in the wake of the 22 February earthquake.

Ticket prices range from $25 for children and adult tickets start at $50 in the Railway Stand through to $115 in the Main Stand. Tickets are available online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or from the Carisbrook Ticket Office in Dunedin.