International, today 6.30pm/ 9.30pm. Mitre 10 Cup, today/ tomorrow 2.30pm/ 4.30pm; Wednesday/ Thursday 7.30pm; Friday 5pm/ 7pm. Farah Palmer Cup, Friday 5pm.
Biggest rugby game yet at QBE Stadium as the All Blacks and Springboks square off in the first of tonight’s Rugby Championship clashes. Interestingly, the Boks have played at the North Harbour stadium more recently than the ABs. South Africa played two of their 2011 World Cup games, against Namibia and Samoa, at the ground. New Zealand have played five times at the stadium which opened in July 1997 with their most recent in 2005 when they beat Fiji 91- 0. They have played Samoa twice, winning 71- 13 and 50- 6, Tonga, winning 102- 0 ( in 2000) and, in 2004, the Pacific Islands for a 41- 26 victory. Since 2010, New Zealand and South Africa have met 15 times with 13 wins for the All Blacks and just two for South Africa. Overall, this will be their 94th meeting with New Zealand now ahead 55- 35 with three draws including 0- 0 in 1921. The Wallabies and Los Pumas clash in Canberra in tonight’s late game. Plenty of Mitre 10 Cup action led by today’s Waikato v Manawatu clash in the Tron. Plenty of interest tomorrow as Canterbury travel to play Wellington and on Friday when Manawatu host resurgent Northland after a Farah Palmer Cup battle between Manawatu and Waikato as the curtainraiser.