The All Blacks to play Tonga in Waikato prior to Rugby World Cup 2019

Tongan players performing the Ikale Tahi sipi tau

The All Blacks’ haka will face the Ikale Tahi sipi tau when New Zealand play Tonga in a one-off pre-Rugby World Cup Test match in Waikato in September 2019.

Details of the additional Test match fixture on the All Blacks’ 2019 calendar has confirmed that the game taking place at FMG Stadium, Waikato, on Saturday 7 September, the All Blacks first Test match in Hamilton since 2016.

The New Zealanders Test match against Tonga comes just weeks after the Polynesian country confirmed they will be fielding a team at the HSBC NZ Sevens tournament in Hamilton next January.

Tonga may well consider Hamilton to be a second home, given the city has already recently hosted Mate Ma’a Tonga supporters during Rugby League World Cup.

The All Blacks will face South Africa in its opening 2019 Rugby World Cup pool match only two weeks later with Tonga preparing to face England in their opening match.

The only other All Blacks game on New Zealand soil in 2019 will be in Wellington against South Africa in what will be a teaser for the two teams’ opening match in RWC 2019.

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