Rugby: All Blacks book test against Wales in Cardiff

  • 27/04/2021

The All Blacks will head north later this year to face Wales in Cardiff for the first time since 2017, the Wales Rugby Union has confirmed.

The Six Nations champions will host the All Blacks at Millennium Stadium on October 31 (NZ time), but will be without a host of English-based players, as the test falls outside of World Rugby's international fixture window.

NZ Rugby had already confirmed the All Blacks would play Ireland, France and Italy on their northern hemisphere tour.

The match taking place outside of the official window provides an extra financial boost for NZR, who'll have a chance to pocket several million dollars from broadcast, gate and sponsorship.

Wales are coached by Kiwi Wayne Pivac, who took over the role from compatriot Warren Gatland after the 2019 World Cup.

After a shaky start to his tenure, finishing last in the 2020 Six Nations, Wales have found their stride, winning this year's tournament and the coveted Triple Crown.

The All Blacks last played Wales at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where they beat them handily 40-17 in the bronze medal match.