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 three tests.
The All Blacks have held the trophy since 2003, with home ground advantage being vital, but the 2018 edition will see each side getting one game with a third match to be staged on neutral soil in Japan, and you need not miss a key moment of the series when watching at home on your TV or streaming the matches live to a mobile device.
2018 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 regarded by some as the one that got away from the Wallabies. They were terrible in game one, then arguably should have won game two before pinching the third game at Suncorp Stadium by 23-18. There is renewed hope for Australia leading into the Bledisloe Cup given some key Australian players did some good things recently during the Super Rugby season.
The Wallabies will look to take benefit from home-ground advantage, which 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, so safe to say it’s been a while between drinks. Game one will be at ANZ Stadium before the dreaded trip to Eden Park. Then comes a trip to Japan where both sides will be looking to show-case their skills in front of an international audience at Nissan Stadium on October 27, in what should be a sensational display on the world-stage.
2018 Bledisloe Cup Live TV (AEDT)
Where: Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan
When: Saturday the 27th of October (game 3)
LIVE TV: All Blacks v Wallabies at 4.50pm (Foxtel/Ten)
Replay: All Blacks v Wallabies 11.55pm-1.15am (Foxtel)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Full Bledisloe Cup replays available on Fox Sports 501 shortly after each match concludes. The October 27 match to be played at Nissan Stadium, just outside Tokyo, Japan.
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 501 (Foxtel) is the only channel that will also televise the entire 2018 Rugby Championship series live, in HD, and with no ad-breaks during play, along with replays of the games for those who want to catch up.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel from Telstra Sports Combo TV Pack which will offer this exciting Rugby action in full, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the Bledisloe Cup free through the Foxtel app within minutes of getting started.
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The Wallabies will have to break a hoodoo and make history in order to win back the Bledisloe Cup. They were brave earlier in the year against Six Nations champs Ireland but just felt short in a three-test series. They beat the All Blacks last year at Suncorp Stadium proving the task can be achieved if their mind is put to it. Given the potential for history, you don’t want to miss any portion of the action as the Bledisloe Cup free to air broadcasts (ch. Ten) include ad-breaks during play.
All Blacks Preview
The reigning champs came to the end of a golden era after the World Cup (2015), but there still appears to be real class and dominance about their play, as we saw earlier in the year against the French. The side is filled with experience and class right across the board, despite some injuries which occurred during the latter part of the Super Rugby Season. This is one of the great sporting sides in the world, not just in Rugby Union, and despite us Aussies naturally wanting to hate the All Blacks, you do have to give them enormous respect for what they have done.
Bledisloe Cup 2018 Live Feed Facts
The Bledisloe Cup has been played between rival trans-Tasman nations since the 1930s – New Zealand holds 46 titles to Australia’s 12.
The New Zealand All Blacks have entered their 16th year dominating the series, 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
Israel Folau is the best player in the Wallabies side, by a mile, and that was clearly evident during the recent Super Rugby Finals Series. But for some Australians, he’s a polarizing figure because of his recent strong stance on a certain social issue. Just the same, if Australia are to win the goods, Folau needs the ball in his hands as often as possible, and you can enjoy watching the Bledisloe Cup live online.
Kieran Read has been an unbelievable captain since the retirement of Richie McCaw but you’d have to question how match fit he is given a knee injury saw him miss quite a large chunk of the Super Rugby Season for the Crusaders along with the three-test series against France. His leadership on the field in the forward pack is absolutely vital to the All Blacks. They proved too good for France, but Australia with a young, energetic forward pack, will prove difficult to defend.
Another Australian player that should be watched quite closely is Bernard Foley, who has really stood up in recent weeks, leading the NSW Waratahs superbly as skipper and he was one of the real stars in their Quarter Final win, showing unbelievable poise with the ball in hand. That will be needed for the Wallabies if they are any chance of winning this series, especially game one. If he folds under the pressure, then the All Blacks will open them right up.