Pumas vs Blue Bulls

Wellington Test still on

Sat, 17 Aug 2013 09:57
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The All Blacks Test against Australia in earthquake-rattled Wellington next week was given a tentative go-ahead Saturday.

The All Blacks Test against Australia in earthquake-rattled Wellington next week was given a tentative go-ahead Saturday but officials said the final decision depended on a quake damage report.

Westpac Stadium, the venue for the Rugby Championship return match, has been closed this weekend and all events cancelled following Friday's powerful quake, which has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks.

Engineers are conducting a thorough inspection of the ground over the weekend to check whether it remains safe enough to host the match, expected to draw a capacity crowd of about 35,000.

"I expect like the last earthquake there will be some relatively minor repairs that will have to be made but all things being equal we will be ready for the Test match next weekend," stadium chief executive Shane Harmon told Radio Sport.

The quake, which sent terrified residents running from buildings, was measured at magnitude 6.5 by the US Geological Survey, and followed a similar sized tremor last month.

Although there was little apparent structural damage in the New Zealand capital city, the on-going shakes have residents fearing a repeat of the devastating quake that killed 185 people in Christchurch two years ago.

The Rugby Championship begins this Saturday with the opening match between New Zealand and Australia in Sydney while South Africa play Argentina in Bloemfontein.


Pumas vs Blue Bulls
sast: 18h00 | local: 20h00

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Fri, 09 October 2015
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
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Australia 3 3 0 0 13
New Zealand 3 2 0 1 9
Argentina 3 1 0 2 5
South Africa 3 0 0 3 2