Wallabies v All Blacks 2020 Bledisloe Cup
Australia v New Zealand - Bledisloe Cup 2020
The Bledisloe Cup is the greatest rivalry in rugby. There's no other competition like it. The Qantas Wallabies need to bring the cup home.
Every year the Wallabies and the All Blacks do battle in a three-match series. Two of these matches also count towards the annual Rugby Championship. New Zealand has dominated the series in recent years, in fact Australia hasn't won The Bledisloe Cup since 2002, yet this has not lessened the competitiveness, passion and excitement that this competition brings.
The format of the Bledisloe Cup has been altered over the years, from being a one-off match to a three or sometimes four-game series. The majority of games have taken place in New Zealand and Australia's larger cities, although recent times have seen a shift towards Asia in an attempt to promote the sport on the continent. For example, the fourth and potentially deciding game of the 2008 Bledisloe Cup was held in Hong Kong, bringing in a crowd of 39,000 people. The following year, Tokyo hosted another deciding game, generating significant interest and healthy financial reward for each union.
New Zealand have so far been the dominant force, winning the cup for the 47th time in 2018, miles ahead of Australia's 12 successful years. There's always time to catch up, as The Bledisloe Cup remains a prominent fixture in rugby union, not just in Australia and New Zealand, but around the world.
Brisbane and Melbourne will host Australia's Bledisloe matches in 2020 with Rugby Australia confirming two Queensland games for next season.
Australia will host two of the three Bledisloes in 2020 and with Sydney out of play with ANZ Stadium's refurbishment, both will be out of NSW.
Rugby Australia confirmed on Sunday morning that Brisbane would host the third, while it has already been reported that Melbourne's Marvel Stadium will be the venue for the series opener.
The Wallabies will play a Test in Brisbane in July as well, with Australia hosting Ireland in their mid-year matches.
The Wallabies have a strong record at Suncorp Stadium and won their last Bledisloe fixture at the venue in 2017.
Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said Brisbane would be a great spot for two Tests next year.
"Suncorp Stadium has been the venue for some of the most memorable Wallabies Test matches in recent years and the stage is set for two more high-quality Test matches in 2020," she said.
"Brisbane knows how to put on a great show and the Wallabies always have outstanding support every time they come to town.
"The Wallabies have a strong record at Suncorp Stadium, and it is no wonder that it is one of the favourite venues for our players."
Confirmed Wallabies 2020 Test matches
Saturday July 4 - Australia vs Ireland Suncorp Stadium Brisbane | Match
Saturday August 8 - Australia vs New Zealand Marvel Stadium Melbourne | Match
Saturday October 17 - Australia vs New Zealand Suncorp Stadium Brisbane | Match
Full schedule to be announced in coming months
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