The sporting spotlight will once again be on New Zealand this June as the England Rugby team takes on the All Blacks in their final tour before the World Cup in 2015.
The Steinlager series will commence at Eden Park in Auckland on 7th June, continue at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on 14th June and conclude at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on 21st June. England will also face the Crusaders in Christchurch on 17th June.
Those keen to see the stars of England Rugby’s future will also have the chance to watch matches in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Championship with big hopes for England as the defending champions.
Running from 2nd-20th June, England will face Italy on Monday 2nd June at Pukekohe Stadium near Auckland followed by Australia on Friday 6th June and Argentina on Tuesday 10th June at North Harbour Stadium in Albany, Auckland. Following the pool stages, the final will be held on Friday 20th June at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park.
As New Zealand’s national sport and an integral part of the Kiwi culture, rugby fans will be assured of a warm welcome. Attracting 133,000 international fans to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand is now also gearing up for the British and Irish Lions Tour in June and July 2017.
With matches in close proximity to someof the country’s most acclaimed tourist attractions – from the buzzing bar and restaurant scene in Auckland and the surrounding islands of Waiheke and Rangitoto, to the country’s wildlife capital around Dunedin’s Otago peninsula – holiday makers can add a fun twist to their travels.
Fans can also learn about the history of New Zealand’s rugby obsession at the country’s very own Rugby Museum in Palmerston North, home to the world’s most rare rugby artefacts as well as a ‘have a go’ area to test your skills against the best.