The NZ Falcons and the NZ All Stars will now square off on April 10th, 2022 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.
The game was originally set for September 25th, 2021 but the game could not go ahead due to Covid 19 restrictions.
The match will now take place following the completion of the 2022 AFL New Zealand Premiership season and provide a strong lead in to future representative matches against the proposed AFL Academy clash.
In a first for AFL New Zealand, the game will be an addition to the calendar and provide a solid contest for players currently playing at the highest level. With international travel restrictions starting to abate, it is expected that a surge of opportunities will present themselves to the New Zealand Teams Programme.
The New Zealand Falcons last took to the field on April, 26th 2019 against the AFL Academy side on Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. The involvement of Australian based players will be monitored and assessed dependent on Australian based commitments and travel restrictions.
Due to the 6 month delay to the scheduling of the match, playing squad selection will be reassessed in 2022 leading in to the new date. A nominated selection panel from each of the Regional leagues will also be engaged to provide nominations for talent outside the current AFL New Zealand Premiership pool. Following selection squad members will be provided with detail on fitness criteria as well as lead in training schedules.