Bledisloe Cup to be back in MCG turf


Rugby Union will return to MCG Image: MJR Group Ltd./Coliseum

Rugby union will make a return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (Australia) for the first time since 2007, after Rugby Australia and the Victorian Government secured the Bledisloe Cup matches on Melbourne soil in 2022 and 2023.

The ‘Melbourne Cricket Ground’ stated that the Bledisloe Cup series is now an annual two-match series, meaning the 2022 and 2023 fixtures in Melbourne are exclusive Australian dates for fans to get behind the green and gold in their battle for the Cup.

The 1,00,024-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, also known locally as ‘The G’, is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The Bledisloe Cup is an annual rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia and New Zealand that has been contested since the 1930s.

The ‘Melbourne Cricket Ground’ further stated that the MCG has hosted three Bledisloe Cup rugby union matches in its history, with an average attendance of a healthy 81,529.

In 1997, a total of 90,119 people saw New Zealand win 33-18. One year later, another 75,127 attended Australia’s 24-16 victory.

On June 30th, 2007, a crowd of 79,322 saw Australia win 20-15 after three years’ domination by the All Blacks, generally ranked as the best team in the world.

The 2023 contest at the MCG will build on the momentum from the 2022 Bledisloe Cup – to be held at the 53,359-capacity Marvel Stadium in Docklands, Australia, this year – and lead into the Wallabies’ campaign at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, said the return of the All Blacks to Melbourne for the first time since 2010, would attract thousands of fans – “Melbourne is the nation’s sporting events capital and we’re stoked to host two of the biggest names in sport at our biggest stadiums. The 2022 and 2023 Bledisloe Cup events will bring thousands of fans into Melbourne. That is just what our local hotels, restaurants and small businesses need as Melbourne continues its triumphant recovery.”

Melbourne Cricket Club CEO, Stuart Fox, said the venue looked forward to welcoming back “the game they play in heaven” for the first time in 16 years.

Stated Fox, “The MCG has been home to some great Wallabies Test performances against the All Black in years gone by as well as some bumper crowds. We look forward to hosting a match crucial to preparations for the World Cup later next year.”

Match details and ticketing arrangements will be communicated closer to the event.

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