15 July 2015
It’s that time of year where the build up begins to the ultimate in trans-Tasman battles, the grand showdown between Australia’s Qantas Wallabies and New Zealand’s All Blacks.
In honour of the big event, The Bledisloe Cup Festival is taking over the harbour city from the 5th to the 8th of August. A huge range of activities will be rolled out from between Darling Harbour and Pitt Street Mall, with a wealth of events and activities destined to heighten the buzz as the big day draws closer. Fan zones, player appearances, racing and golf festivals, a Women in Business & Sport Rugby luncheon – climb aboard for some of the key events that will be taking place across the four days.
And as anticipation builds, make sure you check out these five reasons why this rugby event is worth waiting for.
On 8 August The Bledisloe Cup Festival Race Day will see Randwick Racecourse adorned in a full arraignment of gold and black, with jockeys running a special Bledisloe Cup race in Wallaby and All Black silks. Qantas Wallaby, Quade Cooper and his partner the fashionable racing ambassador, Laura Dundovic recently stepped out at Royal Randwick Racecourse ahead of the Bledisloe Cup Festival Race Day. Follow in their footsteps, Bledisloe Cup 2015 ticketholders and ANZ Stadium members can enjoy a full day of sport with free entry to the special Race.
Fans can meet Wallabies players, have their photo taken with the coveted Bledisloe Cup trophy and test their rugby skills with a special goal post set up on a barge on Sydney Harbour, at Bledisloe Bay in Darling Harbour. While you’re there you can also try out the horizontal bungee, check out the history of the Bledisloe Cup via an interactive archive display and enjoy ticket and merchandise giveaways. There’s also the chance to win tickets to the Bledisloe Cup Test match against New Zealand, held on Saturday 8 August at ANZ Stadium.
For four days from August 5 – 8, Pitt Street Mall will be home to a dedicated Wallabies fan zone, featuring a Wallabies change room. Using the latest virtual reality technology, fans will be able to experience a Wallabies training session here, as though they were on the ground themselves – even experiencing the rush of running out into a full stadium ahead of a Test Match. Qantas Wallabies players will also attend a signing session on the Thursday 6th August, 4:00-6:00 pm.
As well as the Randwick Festival Race Day there are other notable events, such as a dedicated Wallabies Golf day at Manly Golf Club and a Women in Business and Sport Luncheon at Doltone House. Visit the Manly Golf Club to watch some of the greatest ever Wallabies test their golf skills and patience as they tread a different type of green. Meanwhile, the Women’s Luncheon celebrates leading female business and sporting leaders of Australia and New Zealand and the important and ongoing role they play in the sport and business community.
Revel in the rivalry as the day draws near. Because on Saturday 8th August, The Qantas Wallabies will face off against the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium to try and win back the Bledisloe Cup. The New Zealand All Blacks remain undefeated for the past 13 years, so the stakes are high as the Wallabies play on home turf in 2015. Be there as The Qantas Wallabies try to win back the Bledisloe Cup after a 13-year drought.