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Bledisloe Cup in Melbourne

Rugby Australia has announced that the Qantas Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks will contest one of the 2020 Bledisloe Cup games in Melbourne. The Bledisloe Cup in Melbourne promises to be a great game, as it is the first time since 2010 that the game has been played in Melbourne. The last game was on the 31st of July 2010 where New Zealand bet Australia comprehensively.

The Bledisloe Cup is the greatest rivalry in rugby and there is no competition like it.

Each year the Wallabies and All Blacks do battle in a three match series for The Bledisloe Cup. Two of the matches count towards the annual Rugby Championship. During the last few years, New Zealand has dominated the series. Australia have not won The Bledisloe Cup since 2002.

When will the Bledisloe Cup in Melbourne match be played?

The series opener will be played at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Saturday the 8th of August 2020.


What is the Bledisloe Cup?

It is a rugby union competition between Australia and New Zealand that has been contested since the 1930s. The series is usually consists of a three match series, with New Zealand having the most successes.


Why is it called the Bledisloe Cup and when was the first match played?

It is named after Lord Bledisloe, the Governer-General of New Zealand who donated the trophy in 1931.

There is some debate about where the first Bledisloe cup was played. The Australian team has stated that it was the one-off game at Eden Park in 1931. The New Zealand Rugby Football Union believes that the first game was in Australia in 1931.


Where to stay for the Bledisloe Cup in Melbourne?

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is a 10 minute walk from Marvel Stadium which is hosting the match. We have been named the 2018 and 2019 TAA (VIC) Best Mid-Range Hotel and were awarded the 2019 AHA National Award for Hotel Excellence – Best Mid-Range Hotel Australia. There are multiple accommodation options available for our guests. Plus at Holiday Inn Kids Stay & Eat Free all year round!

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