Test in Dunedin fantastic for whole region — ORFU

Richard Kinley.
Richard Kinley.
Dunedin continues to fly the flag for tests in the South following the news Forsyth Barr Stadium has been confirmed to host Scotland next year.

The test will be the only one in the South Island next year — Christchurch misses out again while an attempt to bring a test to Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill never got off the ground.

The Scotland match on July 18 will be the touring side’s only test in New Zealand.

Wales, which played at the stadium in 2016, will also tour New Zealand next year and will play tests in Auckland and Wellington in the preceding weeks.

It is likely to be a very leg-weary Scotland which arrives in the South for the clash.

The international schedule has Scotland playing two tests against World Cup champion South Africa in South Africa on July 4 and July 11.

Scotland will have to face up to the world champion in what in the Springboks’ first home tests since they won the World Cup before travelling to Dunedin for the match against the All Blacks.

In contrast, the All Blacks will make the short journey to Dunedin from Wellington having played Wales in the second test of the series.

The last time Scotland visited Dunedin was in 2000. The match was played at Carisbrook in the afternoon and the All Blacks ran out a comfortable winner, pulling away in the second half to win 69-20.

Playing on the openside flank that day was Scott Robertson, who could be sitting in the stand coaching the All Blacks depending on decisions over the next couple of weeks.

The Otago Rugby Football Union has welcomed the Scotland test, saying it is fantastic for the whole region.

General manager Richard Kinley said as more and more regions and venues looked to host tests, venues had to show real enterprise and certainty,

He said the arrangement with DVML and the Otago union was a real plus in attracting games to the venue.

‘‘New Zealand Rugby know what they get when they come here and they have the confidence we will deliver a good test,’’ he said.

‘‘Bringing a test to Dunedin is good for everyone. It is good for the city, good for the sport and the fans.’’

He was unsure when tickets would go on sale but was hoping for a sellout. The stadium did not host a test this year but hosted the French in June last year.

Auckland will host tests against Wales and the Springboks while Wellington will host the Welsh and Wallabies. The Pumas will play the All Blacks in Hamilton.

All Black tests at home in 2020

  • Wales, July 4, Eden Park, Auckland
  • Wales, July 11, Sky Stadium, Wellington
  • Scotland, July 18, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Rugby Championship

  • Australia, August 15, Sky Stadium, Wellington
  • Argentina, August 29, FMG Stadium, Hamilton
  • South Africa, September 5, Eden Park, Auckland

Comments

"fantastic for the whole region",
"...is good for everyone. It is good for the city...’’

These irritating statements are simply not true! It is good for a few business owners and fans, that is all.
The majority of us will not see an increase in income, a reduction in expenses or get any benefit whatsoever.
It is an important distinction because so much public money is spent hosting, when the returns are all private.
Neoliberalism continues unless called out. This is another example of socialising costs and privatising profits. Corporate welfare continues unabated...

I would have been a little bit more excited if the opponent was England... but Scotland?

 

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