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​One of the biggest rivalries in world sport is coming to Perth Stadium in August 2019 when Western Australia hosts its first ever Bledisloe Cup match.

The State Government, through Tourism WA, has secured the match between the Qantas Wallabies and New Zealand’s All Blacks.

The Bledisloe Cup has been fiercely contested between these two rugby powerhouses since the 1930s. It will be the only time the All Blacks and the Wallabies play on Australian soil in 2019 in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup.

The Bledisloe Cup match has only been played outside Australia or New Zealand on two occasions; 2008 in Hong Kong and 2009 in Japan. It has not been on the market since 2011 due to existing deals between the Australian Rugby Union, NSW Government and the Queensland Government.

The match is expected to attract thousands of people to Perth from the eastern states and overseas. In addition, WA has a strong rugby following  and with 54,000 New Zealanders calling Perth home, the fourth highest ex-patriot population in the country, it is expected the Bledisloe Cup will attract significant interest from the local community in addition to visiting fans.

The match will be broadcast across Australia and internationally, providing a great platform to show off our transforming city and world-class new stadium. Bledisloe Cup matches in the past have attracted audiences of 1.8 million in some of WA’s key tourism markets including the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

The Perth Stadium, set to open in early 2018, will enable Western Australia to now host some of the world’s biggest sporting events such as the Bledisloe Cup, providing enormous flow on effect for the State’s economy.

For more information visit the  Australian Rugby Union website.

Photo credit - John Young

Last Reviewed: 2016-12-07