Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waikato Stadium sold out for third test 20/06/2012

The third and final test match between the All Blacks and Ireland at Waikato Stadium is officially a sell-out.

The last available tickets to this Saturday's match were snapped up overnight ensuring a capacity 25,100 crowd for the last hit-out of the 2012 Ireland tour to New Zealand.

The All Blacks and Ireland last played in Hamilton at Waikato Stadium in June 2006.  The Irish went to the break with a 16 8 lead over the home team, but the All Blacks came back to win 34-23. 

"Nearly 44,000 people turned out in Auckland for the first test match, Christchurch had a sell-out 21,000 crowd last weekend, and now it's Hamilton's turn to host a full house," New Zealand Rugby Union Chief Executive Steve Tew said
"Last week's game was a fantastic display of physicality and determination from both teams and the All Blacks are expecting to face another determined Irish side this Saturday."

Waikato Rugby Union Chief Executive Graham Bowen said there was a buzz and excited air of anticipation in the city with the All Blacks in town.

"We are really excited to host the All Blacks and Ireland in Hamilton for this match. Rugby is strong in the Waikato and the city is embracing both teams, with free entertainment on Saturday afternoon helping to create a memorable test match experience," he said.

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