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Bledisloe Cup 2022

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Welcome to The Roar’s comprehensive coverage of the 2022 Bledisloe Cup.

The All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup for the 19th consecutive series after sweeping the series in 2021.

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 series will only be two-Test Matches from 2022 until at least 2025.

As soon as the fixtures are announced you’ll be able to view the full 2022 Bledisloe Cup fixtures here.

The 2021 series reverted to a three-Test fixture after being a prolonged four-match series last year and being just two matches the year before.

2021 Bledisloe Cup matches

Fixture Venue Date Time Broadcast
First Test
NZL 33, AUS 25
Eden Park Sat August 7 5:05pm Nine, Stan Sport
Second Test
NZL 57, AUS 22
Eden Park Sat August 14 5:05pm Nine, Stan Sport
Second Test
NZL 38, AUS 21
Optus Stadium Sun September 5 4pm Nine, Stan Sport

History

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.

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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.

Recent Series

2020
The 2020 series was a four-Test series, with New Zealand having wrapped up an 18th-straight series win after taking a 2-0 lead. After a 16-6 draw in Game 1, the All Blacks won Game 2 27-7 and Game 3 43-5 to secure the cup once more. The series wrapped up in Brisbane, with Australia winning the final game 24-22.

2020 Bledisloe Cup matches

Date Result Venue
Oct 10 16-6 Sky Stadium, Wellington
Oct 17 NZ 27-7 Eden Park, Auckland
Oct 31 AUS 5-43 NZ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Nov 7 AUS 24-22 NZ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

2019
It was a familiar tale of hope and disappointment for the Wallabies last year, recording an amazing win in the series opener only to be wiped off the park in Game 2.

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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, winning 36-0 and, as reigning champions, retaining the trophy after a 1-1 drawn series.

2019 Bledisloe Cup matches

Date Result Venue
Aug 10 AUS 47-26 NZ Optus Stadium, Perth
Aug 17 NZ 36-0 AUS Eden Park, Auckland

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