Bledis­loe Cup in Perth next year

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Mel­bourne

– Aus­tralia and New Zealand will play a Bledis­loe Cup Test in Perth for the first time, as in­ter­na­tional rugby makes its de­but at the new Bur­swood sta­dium in 2019.

The Au­gust 10 match will be the sec­ond part of a dou­ble-header af­ter the women’s Wal­la­roos team host New Zealand’s Black Ferns.

It fol­lows on from the men’s and women’s dou­ble-header in Syd­ney in Au­gust.

Perth has staged in­ter­na­tional rugby be­fore but has never hosted the All Blacks. Aus­tralia usu­ally hosts the lu­cra­tive Bledis­loe Cup matches on the east­ern seaboard.

The 60 000-seat Perth sta­dium in Bur­swood, how­ever, has a large enough ca­pac­ity to com­pete with the big venues in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane.

This year’s third Bledis­loe Cup Test will be played in Tokyo next week. – AFP

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