Rugby

Weekend Herald - - WHAT’S ON -

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.

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