New Zealand will kick-start their preparations for the upcoming two home Bledisloe Cup Tests against Australia with a training camp in Whakatane next week.
The training will take place from Monday to Wednesday with fans allowed to see the players in action on Tuesday at at Rugby Park Whakatane provided the venue will be at Covid-19 Alert Level 1.
New Zealand captain Sam Cane, who is from Bay of Plenty is excited about the training camp and the upcoming international season.
“We're all looking forward to coming to Whakatane to begin our prep for the Test season and, being from the Bay, I know there'll be a lot of support so it'll be cool to catch up with everyone," he was quoted saying in https://www.allblacks.com/.
Whakatane District Mayor Judy Turner feels the upcoming training camp is an exciting prospect to the region after a tough situation following the outbreak of Covid-19.
“This is such exciting news for the people of the Whakatane District.
"The All Blacks are such a huge inspiration to us all for so many reasons. After the double blow of the Whakaari eruption and Covid-19 this is just the injection of energy that we need. We can’t wait to show them our manaakitanga and host them in our rohe.”
The opening two Bledisloe Cup Tests will be played in Wellington and Auckland on 11th and 18th October respectively.