Moana Pasifika take on the Blues at home at Eden ParkNov 24, 2023
On 30 March 2024, Eden Park is the place to be if you want to witness what is set to be an exciting Super Rugby Pacific clash between Moana Pasifika and The Blues.
Nick Sautner, Eden Park CEO said “We are delighted to be hosting this exceptional Super Rugby match, which is a home game for both teams. The annual Moana Pasifika v Blues local derby at Eden Park not only underscores our commitment to investing in the growth of Super Rugby but also has the potential to become a marquee event in our annual sporting calendar.
For Moana Pasifika CEO Pelenato Sakalia, Eden Park is a befitting venue to host a match between two Super Rugby teams with the biggest pacific representation. “The opportunity to play a home game at the iconic Eden Park in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau is incredibly exciting. Auckland City is home to the largest Polynesian conglomerate in the world and we are excited to bring our communities together in a celebration of rugby at New Zealand’s premier stadium.”
“With an afternoon kick-off time and affordable tickets, we hope to see punters turn up in numbers to celebrate our Pacific prowess on and off the field. For some, it will be their very first time at this historic ground so we are dedicated to making a Pacific match day experience exciting for all walks of life,” says Sakalia.
Moana Pasifika fans will feel a sense of familiarity upon entering Eden Park, greeted by a 3-metre-high, 4.2-metre-wide statute of their Chairman and 55-test All Black La’auli Savae Sir Michael Jones. The impressive sculpture depicts a young Jones diving across the try line at the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup, in a moment that inspired fans all around the world.
“As a proud born and bred Aucklander, and having had the awesome privilege of playing for my club, Auckland teams, the Blues and the All Blacks on the ‘Garden of Eden’, it’s always special coming ‘home’, and in this case with our Moana Pasifika team and up against the mighty Blues! It doesn’t get any better, our Pasifika people, along with the diverse Auckland communities, will ensure a magnificent rugby spectacle and unique cultural experience,” says Jones.
Nick Sautner adds: “This fixture will be more than just a rugby match; it is a celebration of Polynesian culture, showcasing the vibrant and diverse traditions that enrich our communities. We’re proud to be part of the growth of Super Rugby, and we are committed to providing an exceptional experience for fans. We look forward to seeing you at Eden Park on 30 March 2024 for what promises to be an extraordinary day of rugby and culture.”