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Pukekohe to host Chiefs pre-season

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Gates open at 2.15pm for the pre-season festival at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe on Friday 17 February.

The headline match will be between the Blues and Chiefs, kick off at 6pm.

The Waitomo Chiefs Manawa womens side start proceedings with a ‘Game of Three Halves’ clash featuring women’s teams from Blues and Warratahs, which kicks off at 2.40pm. This format will be played in three ‘halves’ of 30 minutes.

‘It is great we are able to take this exciting occasion to Pukekohe and for our Counties-Manukau based fans to see some of their local players in action,’ said Chiefs Rugby Club CEO Simon Graafhuis.

‘It’s a short drive from the Waikato and Auckland city and we are hoping for a big turnout to support the Chiefs Rugby Club in an exciting new concept.

‘The past couple of years have been challenging with restrictions around crowds, so it is great to be able to promote this special occasion and to see the Waitomo Chiefs Manawa and Gallagher Chiefs playing in this exciting format.’

Counties Manukau Rugby Union Head of Operations Dale Tucker said, ‘This is a great opportunity for our local community to see their heroes in their own backyard. Also, having All Blacks and Black Ferns running out on Navigation Homes Stadium will be great.’


  • 2.15pm – Gates Open
  • 2.40pm – Women’s Kick Off – nib Blues vs Waratahs, Waitomo Chiefs Manawa vs nib Blues, Waitomo Chiefs Manawa vs Waratahs
  • 6pm – Men’s Kick Off – Gallagher Chiefs vs Blues

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