Rugby

Melbourne to host first Bledisloe Cup Test in a decade

2019-11-25 07:24
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: The referee shows Sc
The referee shows Scott Barrett of the All Blacks the red card during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Optus Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Melbourne - Melbourne will stage a Bledisloe Cup Test next year for the first time in a decade in a match that will be newly-appointed Australia coach Dave Rennie's first encounter against his home country New Zealand.

The August 8 fixture, the first Rugby Championship game of 2020 on Australian soil, is part of a deal that will see at least one Test played in Melbourne annually for the next five years.

In making the announcement on Monday, Rugby Australia said it will include one of the three showdowns during the British and Irish Lions tour in 2025.

The move to Melbourne comes with Sydney's ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium both out of action for major redevelopments.

It will mark Rennie's first match against the All Blacks since being appointed last week.

The New Zealander will only take the reins in July next year, and will begin his tenure with two Tests at home against Ireland before facing his home nation.

The fixture at Marvel Stadium, previously Docklands Stadium, will be part of a double-header with the Australian women facing their New Zealand counterparts ahead of the men's match.

 

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