August 23, 2021
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RA optimistic to host third Bledisloe match

Rugby Australia (RA) boss Andy Marinos is optimistic that the third Bledisloe will be played in Perth in September after New Zealand cancelled next Saturday's match.

The Rugby Championship was thrown into chaos when New Zealand announced that the All Blacks wouldn't travel to Perth without knowing the remainder of the schedule on Friday.

Some games needed to be relocated from NSW due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with talk the tournament could be played in South Africa or even the UK.

With 60,000 seats already sold, RA is doing all it can to make Bledisloe III, which doubles as a Rugby Championship match, go ahead in Perth.

Marinos was convinced NZR never intended to fulfil their obligation to play the match, despite Australia agreeing to rework the schedule which saw the opening two Tests in Auckland.

NZR boss Mark Robinson said they were committed to playing a third Bledisloe game once the Rugby Championship schedule was locked in.

The Wallabies won their last Bledisloe Cup match when Perth hosted in 2019.

By Romeka Romena


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