North v South game confirmed for Wellington

The Steinlager North v South match will be held at Sky Stadium on Saturday 5 September. There will be no access to the public for this match, including for our Stadium members. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7.10pm and is live and exclusive on Sky Sport.

The news follows the Government's announcement this week on Covid-19 Alert Levels, with Auckland remaining at Level 3 until this Sunday night and Wellington and the rest of the country will remain at Level 2 until Sunday 6 September.

Under Level 2 guidelines, the Steinlager North v South match will have to be played with no crowd in attendance.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said: "We're delighted that the match can go ahead in Wellington, but obviously it's a shame that it'll have to be played without fans in the stands. That said, we're fully supportive and understanding of the Government's health and safety recommendations regarding Covid-19."

The North and South squads will assemble in Wellington on Monday to prepare for the match.

The match was originally scheduled for Eden Park on 29 August and fans who bought tickets to the match will be refunded via ticketing agency Ticketmaster.

Our next sporting event for public to attend is the Mitre 10 Cup match between the Wellington Lions and Bay of Plenty on Friday 25 September.