| Rugby News | Monday June 25 2012 13:53
The NZRU are hailing the new midyear three test format as a success.
The series against Ireland was the first in a new tour plan that sees Northern Hemisphere sides travelling south to meet SANZAR rivals in the Super Rugby break.
Chief executive Steve Tew says it worked well for them.
"Our initial observation is we've sold out two grounds, not the two biggest grounds in the country but we were always going to take a game to Christchurch.
"Good crowd at Eden Park and I think people got a bit interested in this Irish team, particularly the way they fronted up in the second test."
The All Blacks will host France next year for three tests before England in 2014.
Photo: Beauden Barrett taking on Ireland (Photosport)