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Fixtures for the 2022 Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and All Blacks have been released.
It was announced in late February that the series would be reduced from three matches to two for at least the next four years.
The Bledisloe is part of the Rugby Championship with the first game is locked in for Melbourne with a rare Thursday night game to be played. The first game will be on Thursday September 15 with the return leg is a week later at Auckland’s Eden Park.
The reason for a mid-week game was to avoid a clash with the AFL and NRL over venue availability for their finals series.
The All Blacks retained the trophy in 2021 after winning Game 1 33-25 and following up in Game 2 with a 57-22 win. The New Zealand side completed a clean sweep with a 38-21 win in Perth.
2022 Bledisloe Cup matches
|First Test||Marvel Stadium, Melbourne||Thur September 15||7:45pm||Nine, Stan Sport|
|Second Test||Eden Park||Sat September 24||5:05pm||Nine, Stan Sport|
2021 Bledisloe Cup matches
NZL 33, AUS 25
|Eden Park||Sat August 7||5:05pm||Nine, Stan Sport|
NZL 57, AUS 22
|Eden Park||Sat August 14||5:05pm||Nine, Stan Sport|
NZL 38, AUS 21
|Optus Stadium||Sun September 5||4pm||Nine, Stan Sport|
All times are in AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time)
The All Blacks won their 18th consecutive Bledisloe Cup after winning Game 3 at ANZ Stadium 43-5 and Game 2 at Eden Park 27-7 last year. The first match of the series finished in a 16-all draw, while the Wallabies got one back with a 24-22 Game 4 win.
|Oct 11||2pm||New Zealand 16 dr. with Australia 16||Sky Stadium|
|Oct 18||2pm||New Zealand 27 def. Australia 7||Eden Park|
|Oct 31||7:45pm||Australia 5 def. by New Zealand 43||ANZ Stadium|
|Nov 7||7:45pm||Australia 24 def. New Zealand 22||Suncorp Stadium|
The 2019 series was reduced to two matches to accommodate the upcoming Rugby World Cup, and while Australia were victorious first up, a drawn 1-1 series saw the cup revert to the reigning champs.
|Sat Aug 10||Australia 47 def. New Zealand 26||Optus Stadium|
|Sat Aug 17||New Zealand 36 def. Australia 0||Eden Park|