Strong Support for InvestecRugbyChampionship Auckland match     25 Jul 2012    

New Zealand rugby fans relish Trans-Tasman encounters and ticket sales to the first home Test match in the Investec Rugby Championship is proving no exception.

With a month to go, in excess of 40,000 tickets have already been snapped up for the inaugural Investec Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup showdown.

"The mouth-watering clash against our Trans-Tasman rivals is the perfect start to the first of three New Zealand-based Tests and judging by the ticket sales it is clear fans are determined to be part of the action," said Neil Sorensen, New Zealand Rugby Union General Manager Professional Rugby.

The Test comes hot on the heels of the opening encounter between the two sides a week earlier in Sydney.

"Kiwis love it when we play Australia and the last time these two teams met was in a cracker Rugby World Cup 2011 semifinal at Eden Park," said Auckland Rugby Marketing Manager, Grant McKenzie.

"Ticket sales to-date are excellent with fans having secured their seats early for what is always a favourite on the international rugby calendar."

"While we have a capacity of 48,000 with seats available across most areas of the stadium starting from $25 Child or $80 for an Adult; our advice to fans is get in quick and secure your seats to avoid being disappointed."

Pre-purchased tickets entitle the holder to free transport on selected buses and trains for travel to and from the match.

Get your tickets from ticketmaster 0800 111 999 or purchase from the Ticketing office at Eden Park, Gate A, Walters Ave, Sandringham.

Tickets details for The Investec Rugby Championship

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