Bledisloe Cup test between Wallabies and All Blacks scheduled for midweek to avoid clashes with AFL and NRL

The Wallabies will play their first midweek Test in 28 years in a bid to reclaim the Bledisloe Cup from the All Blacks in Melbourne.

The trans-Tasman rivals meet on Thursday September 15 at Docklands, with the embattled code avoiding a clash with the AFL and NRL finals.

The prized trophy will be contested in a two-game series, meaning Australia must beat previous winners New Zealand in both games to clinch the trophy.

The second Test will be played at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday September 24.

The last time Australia and New Zealand met in a midweek Test was on a Wednesday night in Sydney in 1994, when half-back George Gregan landed a game-winning tackle on Jeff Wilson to secure the victory for the Wallabies.

The Bledisloe Cup, part of the Rugby League, has a busy schedule of internationals for Australia’s men’s and women’s teams.

The Wallaroos are preparing for the World Cup in New Zealand later this year and will host the Black Ferns in a historic double-header at Adelaide Oval on August 27.

Black Ferns' Renee Wickliffe performs the haka for a match against the Wallaroos
The Wallaroos host the Black Ferns in a double-header at Adelaide Oval in August.(Getty Images: Hannah Peters)

Their match comes before a Wallabies clash with South Africa, which is the hosts’ first test in South Australia since 2004.

Contesting the O’Reilly Cup, the Wallaroos will also face New Zealand at Rugby League Park in a stand-alone match in Christchurch on August 20.

Rugby Australia has also announced an NSW test between the Wallabies and South Africa, the venue of which is yet to be confirmed, and two away tests against Argentina in August.

Brisbane, Perth and Sydney are already hosting the next series against England in July.


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