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5 Mind-Blowing Bledisloe Cup Moments

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The sibling rivalry is rife across the Tasman with Australians and New Zealanders always competing for first place. Australians take claim to New Zealand-born Russell Crowe, nobody can decide in which of the two countries the lamington originated, and the two nations’ natural wonders are forever being compared. But nowhere is this healthy rivalry displayed more than on the sporting field.

The annual Bledisloe Cup, a rugby union competition between the national teams of the two great Tasman rivals, has been a spirited fight dating back almost 90 years.

The yearly three-match series has seen New Zealand overwhelmingly dominant, winning the trophy last year for the 47th time, compared to Australia’s mere 12 victories.

As we prepare for kick-off in Perth, let’s look back at some of the most iconic Bledisloe moments.

2000: Wallabies captain John Eales kicks the winning penalty after the final siren.


2016: The All-Blacks dominated with a 42-8 win over the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, the worst-ever Aussie loss at home


2015: Proving the game is about more than just the rivalry, New Zealand champion Sonny Bill Williams gave away his medal to a young fan who ran on to the pitch.


1984: Locked at a game each, the All Black’s took out the series with a one-point victory in the deciding match.


1994: Aussie Jason Little scores an opening-minute try to set the stage for a fiery battle.

The stage is set for another memorable contest as the two arch enemies prepare to meet in August. Will the Wallabies claw back some of the deficit or will the All Blacks continue their dominance.


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