Mt Smart Stadium will become the 15th Test venue in New Zealand for the All Blacks when they play Tonga in the Steinlager Series game on Saturday.
The south Auckland venue will also be the fifth for Test rugby in Auckland after Potters Park (1908), Eden Park (1921), Epsom Showgrounds (1958)
Taking advantage of two seasons of intense Super Rugby in New Zealand, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Māori All Blacks were too strong for a Samoan side making its first appearance since the 2019 Rugby World Cup, winning the first of two 'Tests' 35–10 in Wellington on Saturday.
A nation rooted in sport and leisure traditions
Rugby is the unofficial national sport of New Zealand and if you have ever watched a match, it is not hard to understand why. The fast pace of the game coupled with the strategy, strength and endurance needed to succeed means that
Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Hirini has been honoured as Te Pou Hapai Wahine, the female flagbearer, for the New Zealand Olympic team for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 28-year-old leader was presented the kākahu (cloak) from Ranui Ngarimu at an emotional ceremony with her team and family in Tauranga before flying
Take a hard-won turnover, add some Hoskins Sotutu pizzazz and a desperate dive by replacement flanker Blake Gibson, and you have a game securing try for the Blues to secure the Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman title beating the Highlanders 23–15 at Eden Park on Saturday.
But it was a close-run thing,