Bledisloe Cup

The Bledisloe Cup is a trophy that is played for between New Zealand and Australia. Australia contends that it was first played in 1931 but New Zealand refute that date and say that the first match was a year later in 1932.

It is named after Lord Bledisloe, the then Governor-General of New Zealand, who in 1931 declared he would like to present a cup for the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies to play for. This was then ready for the following year.

The Bledisloe Cup is a large silver trophy that was designed in New Zealand, made in London and is considered the largest trophy in world rugby.

Up until 1981, the Bledisloe Cup was played for irregularly, usually as part of a rugby tour between the two countries. Australia won the Cup for the first time on New Zealand soil in 1949. In this period New Zealand won the Cup 19 times and Australia 4 times.

From 1982 on, the Bledisloe Cup has been played for annually, with the number of games per year varying due to circumstances. In the period from 1982 till 1995 New Zealand won it 11 times and Australia 3 times.

From 1996 the Cup has been played for in matches that are part of the Tri Nations tournament. In 1996 and then from 1999 through to 2005 there were only 2 games played (the Tri Nations matches) and the holder of the trophy had to lose both or lose 1 and draw 1 to lose the Bledisloe Cup. In 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004 the matches were 1-1 and the holder retained the Cup.

With changes to the Tri Nations competition in 2006 that meant teams played each other 3 times, the Bledisloe Cup returned to a 3 match series. However, in 2008, 2009 & 2010 a 4th games was added, played in Hong Kong and Tokyo. 

In RWC years 2 matches were played.

When the Rugby Championship replaced the Tri Nations in 2012, the 3 match format was retained, 2 games being part of the Championship.

In 2020 and 2021, the draw was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and matches were delayed or changed as restrictions required. In 2020, the 4 match series was played in October and in 2021 games were played at locations and on dates as they became possible due to travel restrictions. 


Fixtures and Results

   

1932 - 1958

1932

July 2

July 16

July 23

1934

August 11

August 25

1938

July 23

August 6

August 13

1946

September 14

September 28

1947

June 14

June 28

1949

September 3

September 24

1951

June 23

July 7

July 21

1952

September 6

September 13

1955

August 20

September 3

September 17

1957

May 25

June 1

1958

August 23

September 6

September 20


 

Australia

Australia

Australia

  

Australia

Australia

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

     

New Zealand

New Zealand

    

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand


 

v

v

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v

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v

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v

 

v

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v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

v

  

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

Australia


  

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

  

Sydney

Sydney

  

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

  

Dunedin

Auckland

  

Brisbane

Sydney

  

Wellington

Auckland

   

Sydney

Sydney

Brisbane

   

Christchurch

Wellington

  

Wellington

Dunedin

Auckland

  

Sydney

Brisbane

  

Wellington

Christchurch

Auckland

 

  

22

3

13

  

25

3

  

9

14

6

  

31

14

  

5

14

  

6

9

  

0

11

6

  

9

15

  

16

8

3

  

11

9

  

25

3

17

  

17

21

21

  

11

3

  

24

20

14

  

8

10

  

13

27

  

11

16

  

8

17

16

  

14

8

  

8

0

8

  

25

22

  

3

6

8

Winner

  

NZ

 

  

 

Aus

 

 

NZ




NZ




NZ

 

 

Aus



 

NZ




DRAW

 

 

 
NZ

 

 

 
NZ




NZ

  
  

     

1962 - 1980

1962

May 26

June 4

1962

August 25

September 8

September 22

1964

August 15

August 22

August 29

1967

August 19

1968

June 15

June 22

1972

August 19

September 2

September 16

1974

May 25

June 1

June 8

1978

August 19

August 26

September 9

1979

July 28

1980

June 21

June 28

July 12


 

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

    

Australia

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

 

 

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v


v

v

v

 

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

    

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand


  

Brisbane

Sydney

   

Wellington

Dunedin

Auckland

  

Dunedin

Christchurch

Wellington

    

Wellington

  

Sydney

Brisbane

   

Wellington

Christchurch

Auckland

  

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

   

Wellington

Christchurch

Auckland

   

Sydney

   

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

 

  

6

5

  

9

3

16

  

14

18

5

  

29

  

11

18

  

29

30

38

  

6

16

6

  

13

22

16

  

12

  

13

9

26


  

20

14

  

9

0

8

  

9

3

20

  

9

   

27

19

   

6

17

3

    

11

16

16

  

12

3

30

   

6

  

9

12

10


Winner


NZ


  


NZ



 


NZ

  

  

NZ



NZ

 

 

 
NZ

  
  

 
 
NZ

  

  

  

NZ

  

  

Aus

  

  

Aus

  


     

1982 - 1995

1982

August 14

August 28

September 11

1983

August 20

1984

July 21

August 4

August 18

1985

June 29

1986

August 9

August 23

September 6

1987

July 25

1988

July 3

July 16

July 30

1989

August 5

1990

July 21

August 4

August 18

1991

August 10

August 24

1992

July 4

July 19

July 25

1993

July 17

1994

August 17

1995

July 22

July 29


 

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

   

Australia

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

   

Australia

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

   

Australia

   

New Zealand

Australia

 

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

v

v


v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

  

v

v

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

   

Australia

   

Australia

Australia

Australia

   

New Zealand

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

   

Australia

   

New Zealand

   

Australia

New Zealand

  

Christchurch

Wellington

Auckland

  

Sydney

   

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

   

Auckland

   

Wellington

Dunedin

Auckland

  

Sydney

   

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

   

Auckland

  

Christchurch

Auckland

Wellington

  

Sydney

Auckland

  

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

   

Dunedin

   

Sydney

   

Auckland

Sydney

  

23

16

33

  

8

  

16

15

24

  

10

  

12

13

9

  

16

  

7

19

9

  

24

  

21

27

9

  

21

6

   

16

19

23

  

25

 

20

  

28

23

  

16

19

18

  

18

  

9

19

25

  

9

   

13

12

22

  

30

  

32

19

30

  

12

  

6

17

21

  

12

3

  

15

17

26

  

10

  

16

  

16

34

Winner

  

NZ

 

 

NZ

  

  

NZ

  

  

NZ

  

  

Aus

  

  

NZ

  

  

NZ

  

   

NZ

  

  

NZ

  

  

  
NZ




Aus
  

 

 
NZ

  

Aus

 

 
NZ


     

1996 - 2007

1996

July 6

July 27

1997

July 5

July 26

August 10

1998

July 11

August 1

August 29

1999

July 24

August 28

2000

July 15

August 5

2001

August 11

September 1

2002

July 13

August 3

2003

July 26

August 16

2004

July 17

August 7

2005

August 13

September 3

2006

July 8

July 29

August 19

2007

June 30

July 21

 

New Zealand

Australia

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

   

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

New Zealand

Australia

   

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

   

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

  

Australia

New Zealand

 

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

v

  

v

v


   

Australia

New Zealand

    

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

  

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

   

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

New Zealand

Australia

  

Wellington

Brisbane

  

Christchurch

Melbourne

Dunedin

   

Melbourne

Christchurch

Sydney

  

Auckland 

Sydney

  

Sydney

Wellington

  

Dunedin

Sydney

  

Christchurch

Sydney

  

Sydney

Auckland

  

Wellington

Sydney

  

Sydney

Auckland

  

Christchurch

Brisbane

Auckland

  

Melbourne

Auckland

  

43

25

  

30

18

36

  

24

23

19

  

34

28

  

35

23

  

15

29

  

12

16

  

21

21

  

16

23

  

13

34

  

32

9

34

  

20

26

 

6

32

  

13

33

24


16

27

14

 

15

7

  

39

24

  

23

26

  

6

14

  

50

17

  

7

18

  

30

24

  

12

13

27

  

15

12

Winner

  
NZ

  
  

  
NZ

 

 

 

Aus

 

 

 
Aus

 

 

Aus

 

 

Aus

 

 

Aus

  

  

NZ

  

  

NZ

 

 

NZ

 
 

 

NZ

  

  

  
NZ

   

2008 - 2016

2008

July 26

August 2

September 13

November 1

2009

July 18

August 22

September 19

October 31

2010

July 31

August 7

September 11

October 30

2011

August 6

August 27

2012

August 18

August 25

October 20

2013

August 17

August 24

October 19

2014

August 16

August 23

October 18

2015

August 8

August 15

2016

August 20

August 27

October 22

  

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

    

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

   

Australia

New Zealand

  

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

Australia

    

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

  

Sydney

Auckland

Brisbane

Hong Kong

  

Auckland

Sydney

Wellington

Tokyo

   

Melbourne

Christchurch

Sydney

Hong Kong

  

Auckland

Brisbane

  

Sydney

Auckland

Brisbane

  

Sydney

Wellington

Dunedin

  

Sydney

Auckland

Brisbane

   

Sydney

Auckland

   

Sydney

Wellington

Auckland

  

34

39

24

19

  

22

18

33

32

  

28

20

22

24

  

30

25

  

19

22

18

  

29

27

41

   

12

51

28

  

27

41

  

8

29

37

  

19

10

28

14

  

16

19

6

19

  

49

10

23

26

  

14

20

  

27

0

18

  

47

16

33

  

12

20

29

  

19

13

  

42

9

10

Winner

 

 
NZ

 

 

 

 

NZ

 

 

 

 

NZ

 

 

  

NZ

 

 
 
NZ

 

 

 

NZ

  

  

  

NZ

 

 

 
NZ

 

 

 
NZ

    

2017 - 

2017

August 19

August 26

October 21

2018

August 18

August 25

October 27

2019

August 10

August 17

2020

October 11

October 18

October 31

November 7

2021

August 7

August 14

  

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

  

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

New Zealand

   

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

  

v

v

  

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

  

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

  

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

  

New Zealand

Australia

   

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

  

Australia

Australia

    

Sydney

Dunedin

Brisbane

  

Sydney

Auckland

Yokohama

  

Perth

Auckland

  

Wellington

Auckland

Sydney

Brisbane

  

Auckland

Auckland

  

34

35

23

  

13

40

37

  

47

36

  

16

27

5

24

  

33

57

  

54

29

18

  

38

12

20

  

26

0

  

16

7

43

22

  

25

22

Winner


NZ

  

  

  

NZ

 

 

 
NZ

  

  

 

NZ

  
  

 

NZ

   

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