Apr 7, 2010
Bledisloe Cup matches were once played irregularly every few years, now Bledisloe Cup matches happen annually, and include Tri Nations fixtures between the two sides. Their World Cup fixtures do not count as Bledisloe Cup matches, which were always played in Australia or New Zealand. However, 2008 saw a match held outside the two countries for the first time ever when the teams met in Hong Kong, and a 2009 match was played in Tokyo.
Bledisloe Cup Trivia
Did You Know?
Rugby has been played in New Zealand since 1870, with the first match being played between Nelson College and the Nelson Football Club at the top of the South Island on 14 May. The first representative game was held later that year between teams from Nelson and Wellington.
The famous and largest rugby trophy was first contested in 1931 when the then Governor-General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe, presented the silver Cup as a perpetual Rugby trophy and a token of good will between Australia and New Zealand. The trophy was designed in New Zealand by Nelson Isaac, and crafted by Walker and Hall in London.
One of a Kind
Wallaby coach Robbie Deans has carved himself a unique niche in Cup history. The first foreigner to guide the Wallabies presided over Australia’s highest winning score against New Zealand – 34 points at Sydney last term – five years after he had been co-coach of an All Black side that had inflicted the highest concession of points – 50 – on Australia! Deans played fullback in a New Zealand side which retained the Bledisloe Cup with a 2-1 series win in Australia in 1984. He then helped the All Blacks regain the trophy for the first time in five seasons, in 2003, as assistant coach of the side which won that year’s series 2-0.
Bledisloe Cup record from 1931, when the cup was inaugurated
- HEAD TO HEAD: Played 113, New Zealand 77, Australia 32, Drawn 4
- SERIES VICTORIES: Played 49, New Zealand 37 (including 1931), Australia 12
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