Boks set for Auckland challenge

The All Blacks will play seven Tests at home in 2013, including the clash against the Springboks at Eden Park.

The Boks will have to travel to Auckland during next year’s Rugby Championships on 14 September and face the title holders at Eden Park, where South Africa last won in 1937. The All Blacks have beaten the visitors five out of eight times at the venue.

France will also tour New Zealand during the June Test window for a three-match repeat of the 2011 World Cup final. Les Bleus will tackle the world champions in Auckland (8 June), Christchurch (15 June) and New Plymouth (22 June).

The All Blacks host the Wallabies in two of the three Bledisloe Cup Tests. One will be a Rugby Championship fixture in Wellington on 24 August, while the other will be played in Dunedin on 19 October.

The Pumas travel to Hamilton on 7 September.