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Rugby Australia takes 2020 Bledisloe Cup Test to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium
With Sydney's major stadia unavailable next year, Rugby Australia has today announced that it will stage the 2020 Bledisloe Test and Wallaroos in adouble-header at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium on 8th August next year.
Moving from the traditional rugby union bastions of Sydney and Brisbane, the Wallabies last year played a memorable Test in Perth and in 2020 will play against New Zealand at the Docklands venue for the first time since 2010.
The Bledisloe Cup clash and Wallaroos fixture in Melbourne is part of a deal between Rugby Australia and Visit Victoria that will see a Test match played in the city every year through to 2025, when one of the three clashes against the British and Irish Lions will also be held in Melbourne.
Marvel Stadium is a successful venue for the Wallabies, with 12 wins from their 15 Tests although they last. However, they have not played there since recording a victory over France in June 2014.
Commenting on the staging of the double-header in Melbourne, Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle stated “our Wallaby and Wallaroo double-header events in Australia have been extremely popular with fans in Sydney in Perth and we are looking forward to staging the first ever double-header in front of packed Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
“In 2019 we saw how much these events have captured the imagination of fans in both countries, with a sold-out sign at Optus Stadium in the west and again at Eden Park in Auckland a week later, and we expect there to be a lot of excitement in Melbourne to watch two fantastic Test matches.
Hoping to attract a strong crowd for the double-header, Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula added “Melbourne loves a big sporting event and the city has shown time and time again that it is a world class host. We can’t wait to get there in August next year.
“We’re excited to be welcoming the Bledisloe Cup to Victoria for the first time since 2010.
“Almost 30,000 people turned out at AAMI Park last year when the Wallabies hosted Ireland and we expect to top that at Marvel Stadium next August.”
Confirmed 2020 Wallabies Home Fixtures
2020 Ireland Series
Saturday 4th July, Qantas Wallabies v Ireland, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 11th July, Qantas Wallabies v Ireland, Sydney Cricket Ground
2020 Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship
Saturday 8th August, Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
2020 New Zealand Series
Saturday 8th August, Buildcorp Wallaroos v New Zealand, Marvel Stadium
Image: Marvel Stadium (then known as Etihad Stadium) hosting the 2013 Wallabies vs British and Irish Lions Test.
23rd November 2019 - Rugby World Cup drives enhanced global fan interest for the first time since 2007
18th November 2019 - Cameron Clyne to step down as Chairman of Rugby Australia in 2020
6th November 2019 - Rugby Australia appoints panel to conduct post World Cup Wallabies review
4th November 2019 - AFL announces new management arrangements for Marvel Stadium
4th November 2019 - SCG to again host Test rugby
2nd November 2019 - Marvel Stadium reveals 2020 season AFL calendar
21st August 2019 - Marvel Stadium partners with Ingles family to launch sensory room
25th July 2019 - Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium to host UFC 243
9th April 2019 - Rugby Australia announces $5.2 million surplus for 2018
14th November 2018 - Sell-out for 2019 Bledisloe Cup clash in Perth
6th June 2018 - Major events boost Melbourne’s economy
19th June 2016 - ARU embarrassed by sub-standard AAMI Park pitch
11th August 2013 - Sydney launches Bledisloe Cup Festival
8th May 2011 - Another decade of Bledisloe magic for ANZ Stadium
18th May 2010 - Hong Kong to host 2010 Bledisloe Cup match
2nd November 2009 - Bledisloe Cup match heads Rugby Development in Asia
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