KerikeriRugby.com takes a brief look at this season's All Blacks fixtures and itinerary as we welcome the 2013 rugby calendar.
This year's All Blacks season kicks off with the Steinlager Series match between the All Blacks and France at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland on 8 June 2013.
In 2013 the All Blacks will play 13 Test matches in total, including seven domestic tests against France (3 Matches), Australia (2 Matches), Argentina and South Africa.
The All Blacks will compete in the 2013 Steinlager Series, 2013 Investec Rugby Championship, 2013 Bledisloe Cup and the traditional season ending 2013 Air New Zealand European Tour.
With the All Blacks 38-21 loss to England in their final match of 2012, one of next years most keenly awaited tests will be the penultimate game for the 2013 season - the All Blacks Vs England showdown at Twickenham Stadium on 16 November 2013.
The 2013 All Blacks rugby season ends with the All Blacks Vs Ireland match on 23 November 2013, to be played in Ireland.
Here is the complete schedule of All Blacks Test matches for the 2013 rugby season:
|8-Jun-2013||All Blacks Vs France||2013 Steinlager Series||Eden Park Stadium||Auckland, New Zealand||Don’t miss this rematch of the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final at Eden Park. Under the guidance of new coach Philippe Saint-Andre, will France be able to start the Steinlager Series with an upset over the World Champions?|
|15-Jun-2013||All Blacks Vs France||2013 Steinlager Series||AMI Stadium||Christchurch, New Zealand||Canterbury has an important place on our rugby landscape and an All Blacks test match in Christchurch is not to be missed.|
|22-Jun-2013||All Blacks Vs France||2013 Steinlager Series||Yarrow Stadium||New Plymouth, New Zealand||The third test of the 2013 Steinlager Series against France will be held in Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium, which underwent a makeover for Rugby World Cup 2011.|
|17-Aug-2013||All Blacks Vs Australia||2013 Investec Rugby Championship||ANZ Stadium||Sydney, Australia||The All Blacks will only be making one trip across the ditch in 2013 as they take on Australia at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in the first of three Bledisloe Cup encounters, so they’ll be hoping to make an impact and start the series strong.|
|24-Aug-2013||All Blacks Vs Australia||2013 Investec Rugby Championship||Westpac Stadium||Wellington, New Zealand||The all-important second Bledisloe match will be held at Westpac Stadium Wellington in August 2013.|
|7-Sep-2013||All Blacks Vs Argentina||2013 Investec Rugby Championship||Waikato Stadium||Hamilton, New Zealand||Hamilton will come alive in September 2013 when the All Blacks roll into the Tron to face Argentina at Waikato Stadium. The Argentinean supporters are known for their passion and are guaranteed to take the stadium by storm.|
|14-Sep-2013||All Blacks Vs South Africa||2013 Investec Rugby Championship||Eden Park Stadium||Auckland, New Zealand||South Africa head to Auckland in September3013 and will be hunting for a win against their traditional foe. There is considerable history between the All Blacks and South Africa.|
|28-Sep-2013||All Blacks Vs Argentina||2013 Investec Rugby Championship||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina||Argentina||The All Blacks return to Argentina in 2013, a country with breath-taking scenery, rich culture and majestic landscapes.|
|5-Oct-2013||All Blacks Vs South Africa||2013 Investec Rugby Championship||Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa||South Africa||If South Africa is on your bucket list then join All Blacks Tours in 2013 as we discover the wildlife, taste the food and meet the people who call South Africa home.|
|19-Oct-2013||All Blacks Vs Australia||2013 Bledisloe Cup||Forsyth Barr Stadium||Dunedin, New Zealand||The third and final Bledisloe fixture will be played out in Dunedin at the fantastic Forsyth Barr Stadium. Dunedin has a reputation of a great host city for All Blacks test matches!|
|9-Nov-2013||All Blacks Vs France||Air New Zealand European Tour||To be confirmed||France||After hosting France in New Zealand for the Steinlager Series in June, the All Blacks head to Europe for an away match on French soil.|
|16-Nov-2013||All Blacks Vs England||Air New Zealand European Tour||To be confirmed||England||Experience Twickenham's big game buzz for England's showdown against the All Blacks when they arrive in London for the second match of the Air New Zealand European Tour.|
|23-Nov-2013||All Blacks Vs Ireland||Air New Zealand European Tour||To be confirmed||Ireland||Relentless Irish passion, a stirring rendition of the anthems and a thrilling atmosphere will combine to create a fitting end to the All Blacks 2013 season.|
2013 All Blacks Rugby Test Series Information
2013 Steinlager Series: The 2013 Steinlager Series sees France head to New Zealand in June to take on the World Champions All Blacks. Everyone remembers the last time these two teams met in the nail-biting Rugby World Cup 2011 Final at Eden Park, with New Zealand taking out the Webb Ellis Cup after a narrow 8-7 victory.
2013 Investec Rugby Championship: Following the success of the inaugural Investec Rugby Championship in 2012, where the All Blacks dominated the competition, New Zealand rugby fans can look forward to another six fixtures of mouth-watering rugby in 2013. The Investec series pits the World Champion All Blacks against traditional rivals Australia and South Africa as well as Argentina who proved to be worthy opponents during the first year of the Rugby Championship.
2013 Bledisloe Cup: Will the All Blacks maintain their dominance over Australia in 2013 by retaining their strong-hold on the much coveted Bledisloe Cup? The Wallables showed grit by keeping the All Blacks to an 18-18 draw in the last match of the 2012 Bledisloe Cup and will be wanting to get their hands on the silverware after a long 10 year drought.
2013 Air New Zealand European Tour: The New Zealand All Blacks will play three tests in its end-of-year rugby tour of Europe in late 2013. The World Cup-winning All Blacks are scheduled to meet Northern Hemisphere heavyweights France, England and Ireland.
All Blacks Tests 2013 - In the News and On the Web
ALL BLACKS TO START 2013 TEST SEASON VS FRANCE
Stuff, Rugby Heaven - 2 Nov 2012
France will return to the scene of last year's dramatic World Cup final when they play the All Blacks at Eden Park to open New Zealand's 2013 test season.
The New Zealand Rugby Union released the dates for the seven tests to be played at home next year. It's the first time New Zealand have played seven tests at home since 2008.
The French will tour in June for a three-test series. They will play the All Blacks in Auckland on June 8, Christchurch a week later and New Plymouth on June 22.
Wellington gets a taste of Bledisloe Cup action with a Rugby Championship fixture there on August 24. New Zealand host two of the three Bledisloe Cup tests next year, with the other being played in Dunedin on October 19.
Hamilton will host the Pumas on September 7 and Eden Park gets a second test with the Springboks playing there on September 14.
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