The Blues are excited to be hosting a match against the touring British and Irish Lions in 2017.
The team has been confirmed to play against the touring Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday 7 June 2017, in the itinerary released by New Zealand Rugby.
Rugby’s spiritual home will also be the venue for two Tests between the All Blacks and the Lions as part of this historic tour.
Blues CEO Michael Redman said the game will be a significant highlight for the entire organisation.
“Other than the World Cup, there is no bigger rugby occasion that to host the British and Irish Lions. So to be awarded with a tour game against the Lions is a massive honour for our players, our staff and our whole organisation,” Mr Redman said.
“We have worked as part of an integrated Auckland bid with local government, our provincial unions and ATEED to present a strong proposal and the collaborative approach was a major reason for us earning this game.”
Blues captain and All Black Jerome Kaino said the game will be a high point in his career.
“One of the reasons I have signed with the Blues and New Zealand Rugby for three years is to have the opportunity to play against the Lions,” Kaino said.
“To lead the Blues on to our Fortress at Eden Park against the Lions in front of our friends, family and fans in what I hope would be a sell-out crowd will be incredibly special.”
Mr Redman said the Blues will continue to work with the integrated wider Auckland group to ensure they maximize this opportunity and ensure it is a successful experience for both Blues rugby people and the thousands of visitors that are expected to follow the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand.