All Blacks v Flying Fijians Test confirmed
29 April, 2011
The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has today confirmed the Flying Fijians Test against the New Zealand All Blacks will be played on Friday, 22 July at Carisbrook in Dunedin.
The Test has been arranged as a fundraiser for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, with profits from the match going directly to the Appeal.
Flying Fijians coach Samuela Domoni believes the Test will compliment perfectly Rugby World Cup preparations for the Flying Fijians.
“We play our last Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) match on July 13 and had only the Punjas Series in August against Tonga to test players prior to the actual World Cup, so having a Test against the best team in the world between the PNC and the Punjas Series fits perfectly into our preparations,” Domoni said.
FRU CEO Keni Dakuidreketi is delighted the historic Test has finally been given the green light.
“There’s been a lot of hard work put in to put this game together and we’re just delighted that hard work has now come to fruition with confirmation the Test is on,” Dakuidreketi said.
Dakuidreketi was also keen to give credit to the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) for the invitation.
“We’re obviously humbled by the fact the NZRU chose the Flying Fijians for such an important game to remember such a poignant moment that tore at the very fabric of New Zealand life.”
“However as much sadness, devastation and distress the Christchurch earthquake caused, I’m hopeful the Test will be a time for celebrating the very best of New Zealand both on and off the paddock.”
Fiji last played the All Blacks on 10 June 2005 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.