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Eden Park sold out for double header

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allblacks.com     20 Aug 2018     Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew said confirmation of the sell-out event sets the scene for an entertaining evening at Eden Park on Saturday as the All Blacks and Black Ferns headed to Auckland yesterday having defeated their Australian counterparts.

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The Black Ferns defeated Australia 31 – 11 to retain the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy and the All Blacks won 38 – 13 over Australia in the first of this year’s three Bledisloe Cup matches. Saturday night officially kicked off the All Blacks 2018 Investec Rugby Championship campaign.

Additional temporary seating has taken Eden Park’s capacity total to 48511 for Saturday night’s second double-header.


PLEASE NOTE: Black Ferns kick off time 5:00pm / All Blacks kick off time 7:35pm



“Saturday promises to be a special event that showcases the best of trans-Tasman rugby.

“It’s a very special occasion to have both our World Champion teams playing in front of a capacity home crowd. This is the only chance to see Black Ferns play Test rugby at home, and it’s the last opportunity to see the All Blacks in Auckland this year,” Tew said.

Both the All Blacks and Black Ferns returned to New Zealand on Sunday to prepare for the double-header. 



TEAMS
Both teams will name their playing 23 on Thursday and will disassemble on Sunday.

Black Ferns will return to their provinces to prepare for their Farah Palmer Cup season which kicks off on 1 September. The Black Ferns are next in action in November when they play USA Eagles women and the Maori All Blacks play the USA Eagles men in a unique triple header also featuring Italy v Ireland at Chicago’s Soldier Field on 3 November.

They then head to France for a two-match tour.

The All Blacks have the following week off before they are due to assemble in Nelson on Sunday 2 September ahead of their historic Test match against Argentina at Trafalgar Park.

TICKETS
With Eden Park sold out, only tickets for the All Blacks Test matches in Nelson (v Argentina, 8 September) and Wellington (v South Africa, 15 September) remain.

Tickets should only be purchased from allblacks.com.