On Saturday 5 December a celebration of cultures, connection and entertainment will kick off at FMG Stadium Waikato.
The Maori All Blacks and Moana Pasifika teams will come together for a special rugby match, dedicated to rejoicing the Pacific connections of all New Zealanders.
The match brings together the Māori All Blacks for the only time in 2020 and will mark their first match in Hamilton since playing Samoa during the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup. It will also be the first time a team has played under the Moana Pasifika banner.
New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said the match was fitting recognition of the contribution the Māori and Pasifika communities had made to rugby in 2020, and a fantastic way to bring the curtain down on a unique year of rugby in New Zealand.
“Rugby has faced unprecedented challenges this year and everyone involved in the game has faced them together, so to bring our Māori All Blacks and Moana Pasifika players together is a great way to celebrate and recognise the value of those communities to the game.
“It’s an important match for both teams, as a home match for the Māori All Blacks celebrating a team with a long and proud history in Aotearoa, and for the Moana Pasifika group as we take another step on a journey toward our shared desire to stand up a Pasifika team in a future professional club competition.”
Kick off is 7.05pm.