Bledisloe Cup rugby returns to Dunedin next year with
confirmation the city will host the third match in the
The game between Australia and New Zealand will be played at
Forsyth Barr Stadium on October 19 - the first time the old
foes have met in Dunedin since 2001.
The match was announced by New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU)
chief executive Steve Tew yesterday as one of seven domestic
All Blacks tests in 2013.
Mr Tew effectively confirmed the game for Dunedin in March
following the announcement of a bail-out package for the
Otago Rugby Football Union.
Part of the NZRU deal to keep Otago going was for the stadium
to get two category A tests over the next two years.
"I know Dunedin will ... be looking to build on the success
of the South Africa test this year when they host the All
Blacks for the second time at the magnificent Forsyth Barr
Stadium," Mr Tew said.
The test against the Springboks in September boosted the
Dunedin economy, with businesses reporting rugby fans
increasing the turnover in bars, restaurants and retail
outlets up to 400%.
DVML chief executive Darren Burden said he was pleased the
stadium was awarded the match on the back of the Springboks
He was expecting another bumper crowd to fill the stadium in
With the addition of 450 seats in the Otago Daily Times
stand, the number of seats available would be 29,255, which
was probably the largest crowd for a sports event at the
stadium, he said.
Discussions on when tickets would go on sale would take place
over the next few weeks.
DVML had come to a favourable financial arrangement with the
NZRU, and with venue hire covering the stadium's operating
costs for the event, DVML would take a percentage of the
revenue from the match, he said.
"This will be one of the more profitable events at the
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull welcomed the test match and said he
expected it would bring even more people to the city than the
South Africa game did.
ORFU general manager Richard Kinley said it was great news
for Otago and even more special that the game was the last of
three Bledisloe matches.
"That could be the one to play for - it could come down to