16 Oct 2009

All Black-Italy Test sold out

10:38 am on 16 October 2009

The All Blacks Test against Italy at Milan in a month is a sell-out.

The sold-out sign has gone up at the 70,000 seat San Siro stadium which is home to both the AC Milan and Inter Milan football clubs.

It means the match will attract the second-largest ever attendance in the venue for a non-football sporting event.

Not since boxer Duilio Loi fought Puerto Rico's Carlos Ortiz for the super-lightweight world title in 1960 have so many people packed out Milan's historic stadium for something other than a football match.

Italy will also face South Africa a week later in Udine before completing their internationals against Samoa on November 28th.

It will be the 13th time the two sides meet with New Zealand having won every previous encounter including five at the World Cup and five in Italy.