Bledisloe fans and Cure Kids' Red Nose appeal supporters in front of Wellington's Rugby World Cup statue
- Bledisloe Cup Indoor Fanzone and Fantrail to feature entertainers, rugby trophy display and much more
- Schools compete to flag their support for the All Blacks
- Events to mark Red Nose appeal to Cure Kids
"The Bledisloe Test is one of the most eagerly awaited games in international rugby and it’s great to see Wellington really get behind their hosting of the Test with the addition of a festival of activity for fans and the wider Wellington community," said NZR General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen.
"Together with Wellington Rugby and Wellington City Council we’ll ensure the build-up to the encounter against Australia in the Investec Rugby Championship is fitting for this eagerly awaited Test.
“At the same time as Wellingtonians prepare to black-out the city, this year the lead-up to the Test will underline our support for Cure Kids, the All Blacks' Official Charity Partner, and in particular their Red Nose Day fundraising appeal."
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said "The Capital is looking forward to welcoming fans from around New Zealand and across the Tasman.
“Wellington knows how to turn on a great atmosphere for big games, and although few tickets remain, everyone can experience the buzz at our indoor Bledisloe Cup Fanzone on the Waterfront - this will also be a great venue for fans, families, and visitors to spend the afternoon leading up to the great game."
Wellington City Council Sports and Events Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Morrison, says having the All Blacks - and their foes - in town is always a great occasion. “The rush for tickets has shown there’s a lot of enthusiasm about this match. There’s nothing like the build-up to a Test in the city - the atmosphere, the related events and the boost to our hospitality industry. We’re all set to go.”
The activities planned include:
- Bledisloe Cup Fanzone at TSB Arena and Shed 6 on the day of the Test featuring massive rugby inflatables and family fun, New Zealand- and Australian-themed entertainers, rugby trophy photobooth, facepainting, giveaways and Kiwi- and Aussie-inspired menus.
- Flags designed by Wellington schoolchildren will decorate the Bledisloe Cup Fanzone and Fantrail as part of regional competition
- Bledisloe Cup Fantrail will lead the way to the evening’s Test featuring drumming, colour, dance and music making it the only way to head to the game
- Rippa Rugby Championship featuring 20 teams from throughout New Zealand participating in a national Rippa Championship at Wakefield Park on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August
- An outdoor exhibition on Te Papa’s façade of iconic Bledisloe Cup Moments, in association with Barkers, will run from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 August
- A special exhibition of Bledisloe Cup memorabilia on display at Wellington Airport
- Teams from New Zealand Rugby, Parliament and media compete on Parliament grounds on Wednesday 21 August (3.30-4.30pm) in a Rippa Rugby tournament
- Bledisloe Cup Legends Dinner to Cure Kids features rugby heroes Sir Colin Meads, Sir Brian Lochore, Graham Mourie and Nick Farr-Jones for an intimate evening at Martin Bosley’s Restaurant - and all for a great cause.
Cure Kids CEO Vicki Lee said "Throughout August, New Zealanders are showing they are good sports to Cure Kids. We’re excited that our Red Nose month will culminate at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium with fans not only showing their support for the mighty All Blacks but also for children battling life-threatening illnesses.”
Wellington’s Westpac Stadium is tracking towards a sell-out crowd with only a limited number of tickets remaining. The Wellington Test is the second of three Bledisloe Cup Test matches with the All Blacks in Sydney the week before and the third Test in Dunedin in October.
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