In 2023, the All Blacks will start their Test season in Mendoza, Argentina, against Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
On Tuesday, New Zealand announced its schedule. Ian Foster’s team will play four games before the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.
Due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Eden Park is not available for the All Blacks to play against their rivals, the Springboks. Instead, they will play at MT Smart Stadium in Auckland.
After the big Springboks Test, the All Blacks will try to keep their Bledisloe Cup lead with a Test in Melbourne and the return match in Dunedin, which will be their last home game before the World Cup.
At Twickenham, New Zealand and the Springboks will play each other in the last Test before the world championship.
Foster thinks that this year will be hard, but he is excited to get started because it is a World Cup year.
Foster said in a statement, “The Rugby Championship is an exciting but tough draw.”
“We haven’t been to Argentina since 2019, so playing the Argentinians there is an exciting challenge.” Because it’s hard to find stadiums in Australasia, we’re glad this big South African Test will be at Mt. Smart. We think it’s important for our relationship with our fans to have this big game in our own neighborhood, and we can’t wait.
“The Dunedin Test is also very important to us because it’s our last chance to play in front of our fans before we go to the exciting Rugby World Cup.”
All Blacks 2023 Test schedule
- July 8: All Blacks v Argentina, Mendoza
- July 15: All Blacks v South Africa, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
- July 29: All Blacks v Australia, Melbourne
- August 5: All Blacks v Australia, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
- August 25: All Blacks v South Africa, Twickenham, London