27 Jun 2011

All Blacks may never again play at AMI stadium NZRU concedes

5:25 pm on 27 June 2011

The All Blacks may never play at Christhchurch's AMI Stadium again, the New Zealand Rugby Union has conceded.

Earthquake damage to the ground in February meant the city's world cup games were transferred elsewhere while the Crusaders had to play all their Super 15 matches away from the city.

The NZRU chief executive Steve Tew says just what will happen to the ground, which opened in 1881 as Lancaster Park and hosted its first All Blacks test in 1913, will be up to the Christchurch community and the government.

Tew says the NZRU's considereing re-developing Rugby Park and Rugby League Park in Christchurch but says the Crusaders may again have to play all of of their Super rugby matches outside of Christchurch next year as well.

Tew says they simply don't know what the future holds for the ground with the possibility it could be back operating again next year to never at all.

Tew says they have an All Blacks test is pencilled in for Christchurch next year but an alternative venue is also being arranged.

He says the venue is being regularly assessed in the wake of aftershocks.