25 Jul 2013

All Blacks to play Wellington and Canterbury in Rugby Championship warmup matches

4:52 pm on 25 July 2013

The All Blacks will play Wellington and Canterbury in warm-up matches for the Rugby Championship.

The two 40-minute matches will be played at the Hutt Rec on Friday August 9th.

The All Blacks start the Rugby Championship in Sydney a week later.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says last year's hit out against Counties Manukau and Auckland was great for their preparations for the first Test of the Championship, so it's great they're able to do the same this year with Wellington and Canterbury.

The All Blacks will spend the week in Wellington before flying to Sydney for the Wallabies test.