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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 remain champions after a 36-0 win in Game 2 saw them tie the series and, as the reigning champs, retain the trophy.
Due to the Rugby World Cup taking place in 2019, this year’s series consisted of two matches instead of the usual three.
Australia would have needed to win both games to win their first Bledisloe Cup in 17 years.
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 48 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.
It was a familiar tale of hope and disappointment for the Wallabies this year, recording an amazing win in the series opener only to be wiped off the park in Game 2.
The Australians hosted the All Blacks at Optus Stadium for the first time ever in the First Test and set a record score of 47 against the Kiwis, victorious by 21 points.
However, the All Blacks were simply unstoppable the following week in Game 2, victorious 36-0, and as reigning champions, retained the trophy after a 1-1 drawn series.
2019 Bledisloe Cup matches
|10 Aug||AUS 47-26 NZ||Oputs Stadium, Perth|
|17 Aug||NZ 36-0 AUS||Eden Park, Auckland|
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)