The Bledisloe Cup is always a highly-anticipated contest on the International Rugby fixture, but in a World Cup year it becomes even more important with both the Wallabies and All Blacks keen to get the perfect preparation leading into the tournament.
The 2015 Bledisloe Cup comprises two matches; one in Australia on August 8 and the return bout at New Zealand’s Eden Park on August 15. As always, tickets for the Bledisloe Cup are snapped up extremely quickly as excitement for the tournament is always high.
Ticketmaster is handling the ticket sales for the match in Auckland with general public tickets on sale from June 8. There are various pre-sales before the general on sale – click here to check our website for details or to purchase tickets.
Both the All Blacks and Wallabies will be eager to get the edge in the Bledisloe Cup before possible meetings in the World Cup, which will be played in England from September this year.
New Zealand goes into both the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby World Cup as the favourites, which is no surprise given they are ranked number one in the world. Australia on the other hand is currently ranked sixth, behind South Africa, Ireland, England and Wales.
Additionally, the All Blacks are the most successful side in Rugby history. The side has a winning percentage above 75% for 526 tests played between 2003 and 2014. They are also the current Rugby World Cup champions and will be looking to go back-to-back. If the All Blacks are successful, they would be the first side to ever win two Rugby World Cup titles in a row.
The All Blacks, Wallabies and South Africa each have won two World Cup trophies since the tournament began in 1987. England has won the title once.
The likelihood of the Wallabies being able to hold the title aloft will be clearer following their showdown with the World Champions in the Bledisloe Cup. It is likely we will all know a lot more about both sides following the two matches, particularly as they will be played just over a month before the Rugby World Cup kicks off.
New Zealand has dominated the Bledisloe Cup in recent years, however the Wallabies were more competitive in 2014 than they had been for a while. They will be hoping their 2015 campaign will be more competitive again and will be keen to enforce a body blow ahead of the World Cup.
The Bledisloe Cup is often a three-match series, but the 2015 competition is just two games. You do not want to miss your chance to see these two sides in action when they head to Eden Park. Make sure you are there to cheer on your team on August 15 for the second Bledisloe Cup match. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.