Bledisloe Cup Roadshows

Overview

The Bledisloe Cup has been the symbol of trans-Tasman rugby since 1931 when it was donated by the then Governor-General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe. The Cup was first won by Australia in 1934 however it is generally agreed that it was not until the Wallabies’ 12-6 win over the All Blacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1979, that the much closer rivalry of the modern era commenced.  The introduction of the Tri-Nations series in 1996 ensured at least two matches are played every year on a home and away basis.

Following on from the sucessfull Rugby World Cup roadshow with 'Bill' the William Web Ellis Cup in 1999, the ARU Community Rugby department looked at an opportunity to take the prestigious Bledisloe Cup on a community roadshow in the lead up to the annual Australian Bledisloe Cup match.This provides a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about the game using an icon of international Rugby – The Bledisloe Cup.

Consequently the inaugural BCR was run in 2006 from Bundaberg to Brisbane, and it has proved very successful in subsequent years, visting Victoria in 2007, 2008-2010 in NSW and 2011 in Queesnland. 

Now with one Bledisloe Cup match every August in Australia (Sydney) from 2012, with every alternative year an extra one in Brisbane during October, this is firmly entrenched in the rugby calendar.

Format

The road show takes the Bledisloe Cup on a ‘journey’ to various locations in and around the chsoen state of that years Bledisloe, stoping at various schools, junior and possibly senior rugby clubs.  The stops could include conducting sampling clinics, come and try sessions and BBQs at Rugby Clubs and junior finals.  The main attraction is the presence of the Bledisloe Cup - the Bledisloe Cup is a fundamental component of the ‘Tour’ and with it, it provides a real draw card and focal point of the visits. 

Tour Journey

The geographical areas chosen for the roadshow are that would best achieve the objectives below;

  • Primary schools and junior clubs that ‘house’ current and potential new players & supporters that are the target age group for retention (rewarding) & recruitment
  • Strategic centres/locations for visits are tied to the current Rugby populace (clubs& schools) in Brisbane metro in addition to previous and future recruitment and development work being conducted by the State Union in surrounding regional & country locations.
  • Week day schedule to be based at individual school(s) during the day (or central venue/junior club) and then open session for all registered junior players in the afternoon at junior club or central venue
  • Using specific regional and metropolitan centres to promote upcoming school & community programs with the schools/clubs that have been identified for Term 3 & 4 in 2012. One obvious proposed program is the Qantas Walla Rugby week.
  • Bledisloe Test match promotion to engage more of the community in rugby’s TryRugby and the Wallaby brand

The choice of schools & junior club venues is a decided by the Local development staff and State Union Community Rugby staff

The decision is based on obvious strategic outcomes/views as included in the strategic plans of the state and National body, factors also included rewarding Rugby’s heartland, the geographic location, the opportunity was also realised to promote the game to new rugby participants that needed exposure and a marketing boost to lift the profile of the game in that particular area. Crucially to increase participation through sampling, irregular and regular rugby objectives as part of the regional development plan.

Date Where Time Available to
3 Aug Museum of Sydney, Bridge Street, Sydney 9:30am-5pm Public
4 Aug Museum of Sydney, Bridge Street, Sydney 9:30am-5pm Public
5 Aug Illawarra Junior Rugby Day, Woollongong University, Keiraville 10am-12pm Public 
6 Aug St Michaels Catholic Primary School  9:30am-10:30am  School only 
6 Aug St Columkilles Catholic School  12pm-1pm  School only 
6 Aug Mt Ousley Public School  2pm-3pm  School only 
6 Aug WIN Stadium, Harbour St,Woollongong 3:30pm-4:30pm  Public 
7 Aug Holy Family Primary School, Kelso  9:30am-10:30  School only 
7 Aug Assumption School  1!:30am-12:30pm  School only 
7 Aug St Stanislaus College 2pm-3pm  School only 
7 Aug  Bathurst City Centre, Brilliant Street, Bathurst 3:15pm-3:45pm  Public 
7 Aug Bathurst Bulldogs Rugby Club, Hereford St, Bathurst 4pm-5pm  Public 
8 Aug St Mary's Catholic Primary School 9am-10am School only 
8 Aug Berkeley Vale Public School 11:35am-12:45pm School only
8 Aug Kariong Mountains High School 1:45pm-2:45pm School only 
8 Aug Erina Fair, Terrigal Dr, Erina 3:30pm-4:30pm Public 
8 Aug Woy Woy Junior Rugby Club, Ettalong Oval, Picnic Pde, Ettalong 5pm-6pm Public 
9 Aug Edgeworth Public School 9:15am-10:15am School only
9 Aug Cessnock Public School  11:20am-12:30pm School only
9 Aug Nulkaba Public School  1:30pm-2:30pm School only
9 Aug Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Rd, Polkolbin 3pm-3:45pm School only
9 Aug Polkolbin Rugby Club, Broke Rd, Polkolbin 4pm-5pm  Public 
10 Aug Willoughby Public School 8am-9am  School only 
10 Aug Castle Cove Public School 9:30am-10:30am School only 
10 Aug Museum of Contemporary Arts, George St, Circular Quay  11am-1:15pm  Public 
10 Aug PSSA Coastal Cup, Centennial Park, Grand Drive, Moore Park  1:30pm-2:30pm  Public 
10 Aug Museum of Contemporary Arts, George St, Circular Quay 6pm-12am Function only
11 Aug Randwick/Easts Mini's, Nagle Park, Holden Street, Maroubra  9am-10:30am  Public 
11 Aug Rebel Sport, Westfield Bondi Junction,Oxford St, Bondi Junction 11:30am-1pm  Public 
11 Aug Shute Shield - Parramatta vs West Harbour, Granville Park, Granville  2pm-4pm  Public 
12 Aug Junior Rugby Sunday Comp, Denzil Joyce Oval, North Curl Curl  9:30am-11:30am Public 
12 Aug Qantas Wallabies Fan Day, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour  2pm-4pm  Public 
13 Aug Christ the King  9am-10am  School only
13 Aug St Monica's, North Parramatta  11am-12pm  School only
13 Aug The Kings School  1pm-2pm  School only
13 Aug Rebel Sport, Westfield Parramatta, Church St, Parramatta  3:30pm-5pm  Public 
13 Aug North Rocks JRC, Kingdene Oval, Felton Rd, Carlingford  6pm-8pm  Public 
14 Aug St Brigid's Catholic Primary School  9am-10:30am  School only 
14 Aug Clemton Park Primary School  11:30am-12:30pm School only 
14 Aug Our Lady of Fatima  2pm-3pm  School only  
14 Aug Rebel Sport, Westfield Miranda, 600 Kingsway, Miranda  3:30pm-5pm  Public 
14 Aug Canterbury JRC, Wardell Rd, Earlwood  5:30pm-6:30pm  Public 
       
       
       

 

There are many opportunities for the public to come see the Bledisloe Cup Trophy - Check out the locations coming soon, come along and get up close to the silverwear - you wont be let down when you see the trophy we can guarentee that!

Check out the last two roadshows in NSW...

2010 Bledisloe Cup Roadshow and 2009 Bledisloe Cup Roadshow

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