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Welcome to The Roar’s comprehensive coverage of the 2019 Bledisloe Cup.
The pinnacle of Trans-Tasman sport, the Bledisloe Cup is one of the most revered trophies in world rugby. Contested each year between Australia and New Zealand, it has seen some classic encounters and has cultivated one of the greatest international rugby rivalries.
The All Blacks are the defending champions, having won the series 3-0 in 2018.
Due to the Rugby World Cup taking place in 2019, this year’s series will consist of two matches instead of the usual three.
Game 1 will take place in Perth, with the second to be held in the fortress of Eden Park at Auckland.
Australia must win both games to win their first Bledisloe Cup in 17 years, while the All Blacks can afford to lose a game as long as they win one.
You can view the full 2019 Bledisloe Cup fixtures here.
The history of the Bledisloe Cup dates back to 1931, when New Zealand’s governor-general, Lord Bledisloe, donated the trophy for the two nations to compete for. New Zealand won the initial encounter in a 20-13 victory in Auckland, and it wasn’t until 1934 that Australia got their hands on the trophy.
While the Bledisloe Cup is now an annual instalment, it wasn’t until 1982 that the two countries agreed to contest the trophy on a yearly basis. The arrival of the Tri-Nations tournament ensured the Wallabies and All Blacks would face off at least twice a year – the series had previously varied anywhere between one and five matches long.
Overall, New Zealand hold a huge advantage in total Bledisloe titles with 47 to Australia’s 12 – including the last 16 in a row.
Australia last tasted Bledisloe success in 2002, which was actually their fifth title in a row.
The Wallabies endured yet another miserable Bledisloe campaign in 2018, suffering their second 3-0 whitewash in three years.
Australia simply couldn’t keep the All Blacks out of the in-goal area, conceding 35 points or more in all three matches.
The series victory sees New Zealand hold onto the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th consecutive season.
2018 Bledisloe Cup matches
|18 Aug||NZ 40-12 AUS||ANZ Stadium, Sydney|
|25 Aug||NZ 38-13 AUS||Eden Park, Auckland|
|27 Oct||NZ 37-20 AUS||Nissan Stadium, Yokohama|
*All times are in AEST/AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne time)