Perth rugby fans will get another dose of Trans-Tasman rivalry after it was announced that the All Blacks will play the Wallabies at Optus Stadium next year.
The Wallabies caused a major boilover in the first ever Bledisloe Cup test played in Perth when they notched a 47-26 victory in August last year.
The victory came after All Blacks lock Scott Barrett became the fourth New Zealander to be shown a red card in international rugby.
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His indiscretion followed in the footsteps of Cyril Brownlie, Colin Meads and Sonny Bill Williams, and led the Wallabies to a record 21-point win over Steve Hansen’s side.
A record 61,241 fans attended that match, and another sellout is expected for the 2021 clash, with a date yet to be confirmed.
It’s believed the Western Australian State Government was able to swoop on the Bledisloe Cup fixture after talks between Rugby Australia and the South Australian Government broke down.
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Optus Stadium will host another important match this year when world champions South Africa take on the Wallabies on August 29.
The Springboks will head into the fixture as reigning world champions after they won the World Cup in November when they beat England 32-12 in the final in Japan.
The 2020 Rugby Championship will kick-off at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne when the Wallabies host the All Blacks on August 8.
The opening weekend of the competition will also see South Africa host Argentina at a yet-to-be-determined venue.
– With AAP
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