New Zealand Rugby have today confirmed that the All Blacks will face Fiji in a historic one-off test match at the Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.
The match will take place on July 20th and is part of rugby’s wider plan to create a legacy ahead of the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups.
Speaking about the decision to take the test match against their South Pacific rivals to the United States, NZR CEO Mark Robinson said,“There is no better way to start the year on home soil. To have four of the first five Tests of 2024 at home in Aotearoa Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland is a great result and we’re excited to be taking the All Blacks to San Diego to play Fiji.
“It’s been a long-held ambition for New Zealand Rugby and part of our wider strategy to increase the visibility and understanding of rugby in North America and to build our brand presence ahead the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups in 2031 and 2033 respectively.
“The All Blacks and Fiji share a deep connection to the game of rugby and to the Pacific region and we’d like to thank USA Rugby and our event partner TEG Rugby Live for embracing the opportunity to bring this Test to America.
“We want to deliver an event that will capture the imagination of sports fans across the United States and showcases the best qualities of our game. It promises to be unique and entertaining afternoon of rugby and Pacific culture, and a great advertisement for the game.”