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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Report: New York Being Considered For Bledisloe Cup


ANZ Stadium in Sydney is set to undergo a renovation beginning in 2019 and that means that some teams and events may have to be on the move. One of those events include the annual Bledisloe Cup between Australia and New Zealand. According to a report in Australia, New York is being considered as one of the venues to host a match. MetLife Stadium in particular is mentioned as a possibility even with artificial turf as its surface.

New York is far from guaranteed. The easiest option is of course to continue to hold matches in Australia just at a different stadium. Twickenham is also in discussion. In additionally, the Bledisloe Cup has been held in Hong Kong and Tokyo before. Still, the U.S. market is a big draw for both Australia and New Zealand. The All Blacks sold out their match against the Eagles while Australia drew a good crowd, both at Soldier Field. New Zealand are returning this year to play Ireland.

Nothing is guaranteed and it is still a long way out from being decided but it's something to keep an eye on.


7 comments:

  1. New York sucks. Real rugby is played out WEST - Denver, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento.

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    1. thats why NYAC won the American Premier Rugby competition last year?

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    2. You mean the competition with east coast five teams that Life won, not NYAC?

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    3. Brant--While your statement might be true in a certain context, it has nothing to do with the capacity of New York (or the NY/NJ area) being able to hold the Bledisloe Cup. On the other hand, have you ever thought of running for office? You have the strategy down.

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    4. jackterrier, my misktake they where runner up in the competition, but one the D1 national championship in 2015.

      Going off of Pete Murray comment, New York has the infrastructure,media appeal, and large number of foreigners to make an event of this magnitude successful.

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  2. I would like to see a full-strength U.S side tour NZ. Am very impressed with the side, especially over the last couple of years. The U.S 7's side can be world beaters when they're up for it (3 from 3 against NZ is no mean feat).

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    1. US are still a good 5-10 years off before they can play with the top 10 teams. the ProRugby league is a good start.

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