The All Blacks kick off their Test season in 2023 with a trip to Mendoza to take on Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
New Zealand confirmed their fixtures on Tuesday as Ian Foster’s men play four fixtures before the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.
Showdown with the Springboks in Auckland
With Eden Park unavailable due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the All Blacks will face rivals the Springboks in MT Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Following the massive Springboks Test, the All Blacks will be looking to continue their dominance in the Bledisloe Cup with a Test Melbourne before the return fixture in Dunedin – their last home clash before the World Cup.
The final Test before the global showpiece will see New Zealand and the Springboks uniquely face off at Twickenham.
Foster expects a difficult year but is excited to get going in a World Cup year.
“The Rugby Championship is an exciting but tough draw,” Foster said in a statement.
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“Playing the Argentinians in Argentina is an exciting challenge after not being there since 2019. With the challenges of stadium availability in Australasia, we are delighted to play this huge South African Test at Mt Smart. We believe it’s key for the connection with our fans to have this massive game in our backyard, and can’t wait.
“The Dunedin Test is also equally important for us because it’s our last chance to play in front of our fans before we head off for an exciting Rugby World Cup.”
All Blacks 2023 Test schedule
July 8: All Blacks v Argentina, Mendoza
July 15: All Blacks v South Africa, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
July 29: All Blacks v Australia, Melbourne
August 5: All Blacks v Australia, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
August 25: All Blacks v South Africa, Twickenham, London