The Bledisloe Cup has been a rugby union match-up between the Wallabies of Australia and the All Blacks of New Zealand for about 85 years. That's a lot of history, a tradition that began way back in the early 1930s.
There's some dispute on whether the first Bledisloe Cup was played in 1931 or in 1932, however it's become a significant part of the sporting calendar for both nations on either side of the ditch.
Since 1982, it's been an annual event, played either as a two-match series or a three-match program, depending on whether the teams needed to prepare for the Rugby World Cup or not.
During a three-match series, two of them count towards the standings in the Rugby Championship – the battle for supremacy in the Southern Hemisphere. And this year, the Rugby Championships are a major precursor to the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan between September and November.
Unfortunately for the Aussies, the All Blacks have held the cup the most, with the Wallabies only winning 12 times, as opposed to New Zealand's 47 times. The last time the Wallabies lifted the Bledisloe Cup was in 2002, so the Aussies need to figure out a way to end the 17-year dry spell.
And they have – the Wallabies won the first game convincingly, but they will need to win the second one as well to bring the Cup home.
Bledisloe Cup 2019 fixtures
2019 is a Rugby World Cup year, meaning there's only going to be two matches this time round instead of the usual three-match series, and both matches are considered part of the 2019 Rugby Championship.
The first game was held in Perth before a record crowd at Optus Stadium, while the second game heads to the All Black's home ground of Eden Park in Auckland.
- Game 1: Saturday, August 10 at 7:45pm AEST
- Game 2: Saturday, August 17 at 5:45pm AEST
The Wallabies will have to win both matches if they want to lift the Cup this year, while the All Blacks – thanks to their stupendous record – will need to only win one game to keep the trophy at home.
If the All Blacks win the decider to be played tomorrow, they hold on to the Cup for another year.
How to watch the Bledisloe Cup on TV
There's only one free-to-air option for watching the 2019 edition of the Bledisloe Cup in Australia – Channel 10.
If you find yourself away from your television during either of the games, you can always stream the games live on 10 Play, Network Ten's online platform available on desktop and to download on both mobile platforms – iOS and Android.
How to livestream Bledisloe Cup 2019 online
While you can stream both games on 10 Play for free, there are a couple of other options for streaming Bledisloe Cup in Australia. Both, however, require a subscription but give you access to the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as other sporting events from around the world.
Kayo Sports | $25 per month; 14-day free trial
This is Australia’s latest streaming service and it’s dedicated exclusively to sports. It mirrors everything being broadcast on a Foxtel Sports package, with the exception of the English Premier League channels, Eurosport and Sky Racing. That means, for just $25 a month, you can watch all the sports you want to your heart’s content, including the 2019 Bledisloe Cup and the upcoming Rugby World Cup, with no lock-in contracts to keep you tied up.
Foxtel Now | $54 per month; 10-day free trial
Another way to live stream the both the Bledisloe Cup and the 2019 Rugby World Cup is to sign up for a Foxtel Now subscription for $25 a month. You’ll need to add the Sports pack to the subscription as well, taking your monthly costs up to $54 a month.
RugbyPass | US$4.99 per week / US$49.99 per year
If you aren't in Australia during August, you can check out our dedicated guide to getting an Australia vs New Zealand live stream from anywhere. You can get yourself a subscription to RugbyPass for all things rugby union. RugbyPass offers live streams of all the 2019 Rugby Championship matches, including the Bledisloe Cup for as low as US$5 a week. Replays are also available on demand, along with original shows, podcasts, documentaries, news and analysis.
Use a VPN to watch the Bledisloe Cup from outside your country
If you're abroad for this edition of the Bledisloe Cup but just can't bear to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you'll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don't sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit. And best of all, it's really easy to do:
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