The New Zealanders will reawaken a tradition only seen three times since 1986 as the North Island takes on the South Island in Wellington. Will Jordan scored a try on the final play to clinch a 38-35 victory for the South over the North in New Zealand's first inter-island match since 2012. New Zealand's historic North vs. South match will be played for the first time in eight years, pitting the country's finest rugby talent against each other with All … The North vs. South match was a major fixture in New Zealand rugby during the amateur era, first contested in 1897 and then for almost a century afterwards. The 2020 match will be the 81st match with the Northerners having won 50 matches and the South 27, with three draws. The North vs. South match was a major fixture in New Zealand rugby during the amateur era, first contested in 1897 and then for almost a century afterwards. This will be New Zealand's first North vs. South match since 2012 when the South triumphed 32-24. All Blacks assistant coaches John Plumtree and Scott McLeod will coach the north, and Greg Feek and Brad Mooar the south. Join The Roar for … New Zealand's coronavirus-delayed North v South Island rugby showdown will now take place in Wellington without spectators, after being delayed until September 5. But it was shouldered aside with the advent of professionalism, lost in a packed calendar though it was revived once before, in 2012. This will be New Zealand's first North vs. South match since 2012 when the South triumphed 32-24. The first match was played on 30 June 1897 at Wellington's Athletic Park, and the match became an annual fixture from 1902.Matches ceased during World War I from 1915-1918, but during World War II … Although the development of Super Rugby has undoubtedly aided the unprecedented dominance in world rugby by New Zealand teams, the professional nature of its existence has evaporated the old-school, atmospheric rivalries – eg, Auckland vs Canterbury – that was so prominent among both players and fans alike in the amateur era, and with it has gone the tribal attitude and … The North vs South match, sometimes known as the Interisland match was a longstanding rugby union fixture in New Zealand between the North Island and South Island teams.. However, if you want to go to the South Island, be aware that getting there by car will take you a couple of days (including the ferry crossing of Cook Strait between the North and South Islands). By far the better option, if you arrive in Auckland and want to explore the South Island, is to take an internal flight to Christchurch. But it was shouldered aside with the advent of professionalism, lost in a packed calendar though it was revived once before, in 2012. The teams named for the inter-island clash include a mixture of seasoned internationals and promising youngsters unearthed during New Zealand’s recently completed Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.