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All Blacks 2019 Rugby Championship schedule revealed, set to face Springboks in Wellington

New Zealand Rugby is offering little mercy for the struggling Wallabies, scheduling yet another Bledisloe Cup Test for their Eden Park graveyard next year.

The All Blacks will host the world No.7 Australians at their Auckland fortress on August 17, a week after the teams meet at Optus Stadium in Perth for the first time.

There are just two Bledisloe Cup Tests being played in a reduced Sanzaar schedule because of the Rugby World Cup starting on September 20.

The Auckland clash is set to be the last for both teams ahead of the global tournament unless other warm-up matches are arranged.

Australia haven't won a Test at Eden Park since 1986, having lost in the 18 subsequent trans-Tasman clashes there including this year's 40-12 humbling.

New Zealand haven't lost any Test at the venue in 24 years and have appeared to take great delight in inviting Australia there. Thirteen of the Wallabies' last 21 Tests across the ditch have been at Eden Park.

The Test will be preceded by a clash of the Australian and New Zealand women's teams, to contest the Laurie O'Reilly Trophy.

The women will do the same in Perth, effectively mirroring this year's twin double-headers in Sydney and Auckland.

NZR also confirmed Wellington will host South Africa in a Rugby Championship Test on July 27.

It will be a chance for the All Blacks to avenge this year's loss to the Springboks at the same Westpac Stadium venue.

The match will be a pre-cursor to the two great rivals' opening World Cup group match in Yokohama.

South Africa's Willie le Roux celebrates the final whistle as Springboks celebrate their 36-34 win over the All Blacks
South Africa's Willie le Roux celebrates the final whistle as Springboks celebrate their 36-34 win over the All Blacks Source: Photosport


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