The Bledisloe Cup is one of the most iconic pieces of silverware in world sport, played between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies across a series of Test matches.
The All Blacks have held the trophy since 2003, with home ground advantage being vital, but the 2019 edition will see each side getting just one game due to the Rugby World Cup taking place this September. Don’t miss a key moment of this historic clash when watching at home or streaming to a mobile device using the options listed below.
2019 Bledisloe Cup Preview
The Bledisloe Cup is a test series between Australia and New Zealand, that has become one of the most fiercely contested annual traditions in the sport of Rugby. The All Blacks have held the iconic trophy since 2003, and will look to raise the Cup once again. Last year’s three test Bledisloe Cup series was a disappointing performance by the Wallabies, who not only failed to register a victory, but outside of the third match in Yokohama Japan the games were pretty much over by half-time. The All Blacks registered a clean-sweep for the second time in three years, but there is renewed hope for Australia leading into the 2019 Bledisloe Cup given some key Australian players have performed very well during this year’s Rugby Championship.
The Wallabies will look to benefit from the shortened series and the historic opening match in Western Australia, where a change of venue from the traditional Sydney and Brisbane contests should give the home-side added incentive. This is especially important because Australia haven’t posted two consecutive victories over the All Blacks since 2001. A quick start is essential for a variety of reasons, none more so than the fact that the All Blacks are near unbeatable at home, with the last win in New Zealand for the Wallabies coming in 2001 at Dunedin. Game One will be at Optus Stadium in Perth, a first-ever for the Bledisloe Cup, before the dreaded trip to Eden Park. Following that, the Wallabies have their final preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup including a warm-up Test against Samoa at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, on Saturday the 7th of September.
2019 Bledisloe Cup Live TV Times (AEDT)
|Saturday 10 August||LIVE: Wallaroos v New Zealand||4.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 10 August||LIVE: Wallabies v All Blacks||7.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Sunday 11 August||Replay: Wallabies v All Blacks||10.00am – 11.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 17 August||LIVE: New Zealand v Wallaroos||2.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 17 August||LIVE: All Blacks v Wallabies||5.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Saturday 17 August||Replay: All Blacks v Wallabies||11.00pm – 12.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Full Bledisloe Cup replays available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports shortly after each match concludes. The August 10th match will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth, and the August 17th match will be held at Eden Park in Auckland.
Watch or Stream the Bledisloe Cup Live
While you can find the Bledisloe Cup on Free to Air TV in Australia (ch. 10), Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) is the only channel that will also televise the entire 2019 Rugby Championship series live, in HD, and with no ad-breaks during play, as well as the Walleroos matches against the New Zealand Black Ferns on the very same Saturdays.
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The Wallabies will head into the series as significant underdogs, having not won since 2002 and facing a Kiwi side that appears to have far more talent. They were solid enough in their recent win against Argentina in Round Two of the Rugby Championship, but prior to that they were comfortably beaten by South Africa in their most recent clash with a side boasting anything like the quality of the All Blacks. Stranger things have happened in sport, however, and Foxtel and Kayo will be the best place to ensure you don’t you miss any of the action as the Bledisloe Cup free to air broadcasts (ch. Ten) include ad-breaks during play.
All Blacks Preview
The All Blacks, it’s safe to say, have one eye on the upcoming Rugby World Cup, and admitted as much with the teams they fielded in the first couple of games of the Rugby World Championship. They only marginally beat the lowly Argentina and drew with South Africa, but with some big names set to return against Australia they will feel confident in their ability to get the job done against their cross-Pacific neighbours.
Bledisloe Cup 2019 Live Feed Facts
The Bledisloe Cup has been played between rival trans-Tasman nations since the 1930s – New Zealand holds 47 titles to Australia’s 12.
The New Zealand All Blacks have entered their 17th year holding the Bledisloe Cup, having ended the Wallabies’ last and longest winning streak in 2002.
1932 is the first official year of the Bledisloe Cup after Lord Bledisloe (the then Governor General of New Zealand) decided to award a trophy for all the matches between Australia and New Zealand.
Australia has won 12 Bledisloe Cup series – 1936, 1949, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
New Zealand holds the longest winning streak of the Bledisloe Cup – 28 years! (1951 to 1978), while Australia’s longest winning streak of the series is 5 years (1998 to 2002).
Eden Park Fortress – The Wallabies haven’t won a game against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland since 1986!
The first Bledisloe Cup match to be played outside the two nations was 2008 in Hong Kong.
Bledisloe Cup Players To Watch
Former captain David Pocock will return to the Wallabies side as he recovers from a persistent calf injury, and his presence in the back-row will be pivotal to the team’s chances of success. His experience and ability makes a major difference to the Wallabies, and a consistent campaign from him will have a major impact.
With Israel Folau now out of the picture, Tom Banks has perhaps the best chance of his career to make his mark on the side. The Brumbies full-back has been terrific throughout the Super Rugby season, and if his form carries through to the international stage it will be a major boost for the Wallabies.
For the All Blacks, Kieran Read has been an unbelievable captain since the retirement of Richie McCaw, and after missing the first game of the Rugby Championship he returned to have a positive impact in the draw against South Africa. His leadership on the field in the forward pack is absolutely vital to the All Blacks, and he is one of many reasons they are heavily favoured to win this series.