Rugby: All Blacks to play in front of biggest pandemic crowd against Wales at Cardiff's Principality Stadium

The All Blacks will play in front of their biggest pandemic crowd in October against Wales at Cardiff.

All 74,500 tickets have been snapped up for the clash at Principality Stadium - the first time since 2019 the venue will be at full capacity.

The match will mark the All Blacks' first visit to Wales in four years and their biggest crowd since the 2018 test against England at Twickenham (82,149), won 16-15 by New Zealand.

The All Blacks have a massive pull in Wales, drawing close to 74,000 on average in their 10 visits to Cardiff since 1999 - the last was a 33-18 New Zealand win in 2017.

After the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks will embark on a hectic six-week schedule, with tests against the USA at Washington DC (October 24), Wales (October 31), Italy at Rome (November 6), Ireland at Dublin (November 14) and finally France at Paris on November 20.

Sporting crowds in Britain have been limited during the pandemic, but restrictions lifted in August, with English Premier League clubs and the England cricket team playing in front of full houses.

Wales also have tests against South Africa, Australia and Fiji in a four-week stretch that begins against the All Blacks.

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