The Cloud joins in on AllBlacks Bledisloe match at Eden Park

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Join other passionate All Blacks fans young and old from 6.30pm this Saturday, and relive the passion and atmosphere of Rugby World Cup 2011 in a unique surrounding for the biggest sporting fixture of the year.

With a relaxed, alcohol free atmosphere on offer, it’s an ideal option to watch the rugby live in a safe, family friendly environment.

Entry is free and to get into the spirit of this Investec Rugby Championship clash with the Wallabies there’ll be a range of activities prior to kick off and at half time, including face painting and ball games for the kids.

Make the Cloud your lounge on Saturday night and watch the rugby with the family and soak up the atmosphere with other committed fans.

Mayor Len Brown says it is good to see the Cloud once again becoming a spectator home for our national game.

“This Bledisloe Cup game is going to be big and as the Rugby World Cup showed last year there’s nothing better than sharing in the passion with other Kiwis. It is great that supporters of all ages can join in the fun at the Cloud this weekend, in what I’m sure will be a buzzing atmosphere.

The screening of the game is being hosted by Auckland Council organisation Waterfront Auckland and a range food and of non alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase.

If you’ve got the time why not make it a half day trip into town, as the screening of the big game follows The Bledisloe Cup Cure Kids Family Zone from 2pm-6pm featuring a range of family-friendly activities, entertainment and guest appearances.

The New Zealand Rugby Union will also have trophies on display and will be encouraging Aucklanders to do their bit for Cure Kids.

If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the game at Eden Park, join the Fan Trail Starting at Auckland’s waterfront on Queen Elizabeth Square.

The trail was a huge hit during the Rugby World Cup in 2011 so if you missed out or just want a repeat experience, the trail will follow the same 4.3km route with a range of special entertainment planned from 4pm onwards.

With Eden Park guaranteed to be a sell-out crowd of 48,500, rugby fans are urged to plan their trips and get to the game early. Match-ticket holders can use their tickets to ride on certain bus and train services free to get to the game – just give yourselves plenty of time to get into your seats for a 7.35pm kick off.

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