Bledisloe Cup clash moves to Japan

Steve Hansen (Getty)
Steve Hansen (Getty)

Cape Town - This year's third - and potentially decisive - Bledisloe Cup clash between New Zealand and Australia will be played in Japan.

According to the Stuff website, it will be the second time a Bledisloe Cup match will be played in Japan with the two teams having met at the National Stadium in Tokyo in 2009. 

This year's Test will be played in Yokohama on Saturday, October 27.

'We're delighted to confirm that a Bledisloe Cup Test match will be played in Japan for the second time in the history of this great rivalry,' New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew commented.

'The last match in 2009 was a fantastic event, but this year's Test at the 72 000-seat stadium in Yokohama will be at another level. The All Blacks have huge support in Japan, so the Bledisloe Cup Test will be important for the team as we build support ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.'

The match will give two of the World Cup's potential winners a foretaste of what to expect at the tournament in 2019.

In addition, the All Blacks will take on Japan the following weekend at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium.

"It will be great for the team to prepare in two of the Rugby World Cup cities and play at the same venues," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who is currently in Japan on a World Cup-planning visit.

The first Bledisloe Cup Test will be played in Sydney on Saturday, August 18, with the return match a week later at Eden Park in Auckland.

The All Blacks are the current holders of the Bledisloe Cup having held the trophy since 2003.

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