Bledisloe Cup to be played at Optus Stadium

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The Bledisloe Cup blockbuster between the Wallabies and All Blacks next year will be played at Optus Stadium on Saturday August 10.

An announcement will be made today confirming the historic date of the heavyweight match.

The West Australian revealed the State Government’s interest in bringing a Bledisloe Cup match to Perth two years ago but the date has been kept under wraps until now.

Wallaby and former Western Force full-back Dane Haylett-Petty and former All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu will be at the stadium for the announcement.

The Government paid Rugby Australia $5 million to host the game, which became available because of the $2 billion overhaul of ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium.

The Government offered to pay cash-strapped RA — then the ARU — the $5 million up-front in a bid to save the Force.

This will be the first time a Bledisloe Cup match has been played in Perth, but whether RA allows another one in the city is doubtful after it axed the Force from Super Rugby.

RA is more likely to opt for lower-level Tests in the future and probably at nib Stadium.

The Wallabies last held the Bledisloe Cup in 2002 and it will be only the fifth time the Test has been played away from NSW, Queensland or New Zealand in its 74-year history.

It will be the only time the two sides play on Australian soil in 2019 in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup and the first time the All Blacks have played in Perth since they walloped the WA side 80-0 in 1992 at the WACA.

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