Rugby fans gather in Dunedin as Australia and New Zealand meet for their third Bledisloe Cup test.
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A marquee village for Bledisloe Cup revellers will be erected
when the lower Octagon is closed on Friday.
Dunedin accommodation is filling up for October's Bledisloe
Cup rugby encounter, prompting Jetstar to add a late-night
flight and Air New Zealand to run extra services.
Bledisloe Cup rugby returns to Dunedin next year with
confirmation the city will host the third match in the
Senior All Blacks have held a meeting with the squad's
newcomers to ensure they recognise the importance of the
looming challenge against traditional foe Australia.
ARU chief executive John O'Neill says reclaiming the
Bledisloe Cup is "critical" for Australian rugby and would go
a long way towards securing the future of Wallabies coach
A Bledisloe Cup-style sevens showdown between Australia and
New Zealand could become a fixture on the annual rugby
The Springboks are great, but roll out the green and gold mat
for the Wallabies in 2013.
Rugby World Cup ticket sales have reached almost 90 percent
of the organisers' target, a month out from kick-off, boosted
by the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup win over the Wallabies at
The Wallabies will field an unaltered starting XV for the
Bledisloe Cup/Tri-Nations test against the All Blacks in
Auckland on Saturday night, but have made three changes to
their reserves bench.
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