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2019 will bring historic Bledisloe clash for ABs and Wallabies

Rugby Australia has confirmed that Perth’s new Optus Stadium will make history when it hosts the city’s first Bledisloe Cup Test in 2019.


The All Blacks versus Wallabies clash will take place on August 10 as part of a shortened schedule with the Rugby World Cup in Japan in mind.

CEO Raelene Castle said the fact that Western Australia would be hosting a Bledisloe was something that was long overdue.

“We’re looking forward to next year’s Test at Optus Stadium,” Castle said.

“It’s proven itself to be one of the best venues in the world to watch sport and that’s a credit to the West Australian Government.

“Through Tourism Western Australia, the WA Government have already put on some terrific major events that have showcased Perth to the globe and we’re proud that we can add to that on August 10 next year.

“This isn’t just any test match, this is one of the most important games that the Wallabies will play next year.

“Not just because it’s against our traditional rivals, the All Blacks, but also because it’s one of the last chances to prepare before the Rugby World Cup kicks-off in Japan the following month.”

It will be the 15th Wallabies match played in Perth, but first involving the All Blacks.