Double header exciting for stadium — ORFU

Richard Kinley
Richard Kinley
Tickets will go on public sale next month for what is shaping up as a double-header of top-class international rugby.

It was announced yesterday the Black Ferns will take on the United States at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 18 before the All Blacks play Scotland.

The Black Ferns kick off at 4.30pm while the All Black game starts at 7.35pm.

It will be just the second time the Black Ferns have played in Dunedin. The other time in 1997 was also before an All Black test.

The Black Ferns beat Australia 44-0 while the All Blacks beat Australia 36-24 in a game in which all the points were scored at one end of Carisbrook.

Just one ticket will be needed for the two matches in July.

Otago Rugby Football Union general manager Richard Kinley said obtaining the Black Ferns match was a significant boost.

He said many people would want to see the Black Ferns play in Dunedin and it was exciting the stadium could host a double-header.

New Zealand Rugby asked various arenas if they would be interested in holding a double-header and it was a good fit for Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Tickets could also be purchased as part of ground memberships, while there were other pre-sales windows before tickets went on public sale in the middle of next month.

Kinley expected strong interest in the only test for the All Blacks in the South Island.

The Black Ferns will play eight tests this season, three of them confirmed yesterday.

Along with the match in Dunedin, games will be played against Australia in Melbourne and Wellington, which will also take place before Bledisloe Cup games.

Venues, times and opposition have yet to confirmed for the other five tests in New Zealand.

It cannot be confirmed whether the game in Dunedin is part of a test series against the United States.

The Black Ferns’ contracted squad for this season was also confirmed yesterday and Otago midfield back Kilisitina Moata’ane has retained her place in the squad.

There are five new caps in the squad. The side has a big year in front of it as it looks to get organised for the World Cup next year in Auckland and Whangarei.

Black Ferns

Contracted squad
Saphire Abraham, Eloise Blackwell, Charmaine McMenamin, Charmaine Smith, Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, Luka Connor, Kelsie Wills, Chelsea Bremner, Phillipa Love, Leilani Perese, Pia Tapsell, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Toka Natua, Kennedy Simon, Marcelle Parkes, Jackie Patea-Fereti, Ruahei Demant, Patricia Maliepo, Natahlia Moors, Renee Wickliffe, Grace Brooker, Kendra Cocksedge, Hazel Tubic, Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu, Langi Veainu, Selica Winiata, Kilisitina Moata’ane, Chelsea Alley, Carla Hohepa, Ayesha Leti-I’iga, Monica Tagoai.


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